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JK police offers reward for clues about tourist's death

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Apr 11: The Jammu and Kashmir police today offered a suitable reward to anybody providing clues about the circumstances that led to the death of Huang Sui Chin, a Taiwanese tourist whose highly decomposed body was recovered from Nigeen Lake on April 8 after she had gone missing from Nehru Park here on March 22.

''We want to go to the bottom of the case and crack it as fast as we can,'' Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir K Rajendra Kumar told UNI here.

He said the circumstances under which she died after leaving the houseboat have to be probed thoroughly before coming to any conclusion.

''We are also awaiting the post-mortem report. We are on the job and have appealed to the general public to help us in investigating the case,'' Mr Kumar added.

Police have registered a criminal case and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar Muneer Ahmed Khan is investigating the matter.

The authorities have also taken samples for DNA test.

The SSP, through a general notice in the local media here, said any person having any knowledge about the facts and circumstances that led to the death of Huang or having ever come into contact with her during her stay here may contact him.

He said the person could also communicate the information to his office on phone numbers - 2455047 and 2453897.

Mr Khan said if the information provided led to the solution of the case, the person would be suitably rewarded and the identity will also be kept secret.

The police also published Huang's photograph in the media.

The body was consigned to flames at the Karan Nagar cremation grounds here yesterday in presence of her husband Liu Ching Feo, daughters Chiu Shu Yu and Liu Tsao Lin, their friends Kao Wei Chen Hsin Chi besides a three-member team from the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi and senior police officials, including Superintendent of Tourist Police M S Punnu.

The officials -- Jiang Bi, First Secretary (Consular) and Sheng Fengxue, Second Secretary (Consular) from the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi besides Elliot Y L Charng, Deputy Representative Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in New Delhi -- had arrived here on Saturday to facilitate Huang's cremation in Kashmir.

Huang's another daughter Resenda Chin and friend Joseph had arrived here on April one to trace her mother, but left for Taiwan on April 7, a day before her mother's body was found after 17 days of extensive search in the entire Kashmir valley.

It was Liu who identified the body of her mother. After seeing the body, she said Huang had undergone surgery and has mark of stitches on her stomach.

The Fifty two-year-old Huang arrived here on March 22 and checked in the Lal Rukh houseboat located near Nehru Park in the Dal Lake area.

However, she immediately left for an internet cafe, but did not return till late in the night.

Later the houseboat owner, Ghulam Mohammad Khazir, informed the tourist police and a massive hunt was launched to trace Huang. A missing person case was registered at the Nehru Park police station here after there was no trace of her for few days.

The police also took possession of all her belongings, including passport issued on September 9, 2003 vide number 210008739.

She was issued a one-month visa vide number U136992 for staying in Kashmir.

Police had also issued an appeal in the local media stating that a person providing any clue about Huang would be suitably rewarded.

On April one, Huang's daughter Resenda Chin arrived here along with friend Joseph to trace her monther.

''My mother loves adventure and she will be back,'' she had said on her arrival here.

Resenda said Huang had visited several countries, including Nepal and Mongolia.

''My mother never used to contact us. We were expecting her to be back by April five when she had to catch return flight from Delhi.'' she added.

Resenda said her mother had left a bag in the houseboat which did not contain anything important.

''We have a marriage function in Taiwan in the second week of April and she will be definitely back by then,'' Resenda had hoped.

Several police teams had been rushed to different parts of the Kashmir valley to trace her, but without any success.


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