“Yes, we had frequent disagreements and minor spats with Ali and gang, as he had become a menace to the neighborhood and had been disturbing my sister too. We never thought this would lead to killing of my younger brother Nawaz,” a 19-year-old Parvez has said. His younger brother Nawaz was found murdered and dumped in a drain in the Old city on Wednesday morning.
Mohammed Nawaz was a cheerful child. After completing his 8th class, he started working at a Naan-roti shop near Purani Haveli in the Old city. The 15-year-old comes back home every evening after work. But, on January 11, he did not. The fact that he had only a very few friends and that he never did anything without informing family immediately caused suspicion.
His inconsolable mother Aneeza Begum had only one thing to say, ‘’whoever is responsible for the death of my child should be given strictest punishment.”
Parvez, standing outside the Osmania General Hospital mortuary recollects, ‘‘He was very matured for his age. He managed his expenses and never asked for money. He would go to work in the morning and return as early as possible in the evening.”
Nawaz went missing since January 11. ‘’We received a call on Jan 13 from the rival gang asking us to come collect Nawaz. They confused us many times and made us run around the place. We approached police. A search was launched and in the wee hours of Wednesday the body was found in a deep drain,” Gafur Khan, Nawaz’s uncle, said.