HR body seeks probe status on Kangan man’s killing
Srinagar, July 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission has directed the SSP of Ganderbal to file a report within two weeks on status of investigation into the custodial killing of a Kangan resident in 2003. The commission also asked the Deputy Commissioner of Ganderbal to consider application for relief to the family of the deceased, Abdul Hamid, and file a report within two weeks. The Commission Chairperson, Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki, passed the order after he pointed out that neither SSP nor the deputy commissioner has filed status report in response to the earlier order (March 2).
The commission was hearing a petition filed by human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo which said that the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Indian police from Ganderbal on September 11, 2003 had arrested Abdul Hamid of Preng Kangan and subjected him to physical torture by giving electric shocks and plucking flesh from his body. The victim died in the custody before a false encounter was shown to cover up the case, it said.
The Indian police had closed the case. After the case was closed by the police, Abdul Rashid Ghani, brother of the deceased, lodged a complaint in Kangan police station alleging that his brother was kidnapped by the forces’ personnel and killed him in fake encounter.
Subsequently an FIR was registered in Kangan police station which was later cancelled and clubbed with FIR of Ganderbal police station. Executive Magistrate of Kangan ordered for fresh investigation in the case. Upon verification, custodial killing of the deceased was established. After the commission had ordered for re-opening of the case with fresh probe, the case is under investigation and new witnesses have been recorded.
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