After 10 yrs, 4 Cops Indicted in ‘Custodial Killing’ of Bandipora Boy

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

After 10 years on Wednesday Crime branch Kashmir filed a charge-sheet against four JK police personnel in the court of chief judicial magistrate in the “custodial killing” of a Bandipora boy.

The Crime Branch in its final charge sheet in a case under FIR No 125/2007/ P/S Bandipora, has indicted two police officers Abdul Aziz Thakur (Sub Inspector NO 6834/NGO), Bashir Ahmed Khan (Sub Inspector No.7623/NGO), Selection Grade Akther Hussain Mir No.867/AP 9th Bnt (now 221/IRP 12 Bntl) presently posted at Brusrar Power Project Kishtwar and Late Farooq Ahmed Dar (SPO) – believed to be the main accused.

“The four accused have been booked under charges of murder, torture, illegal confinement, falsifying and distorting evidence separately.”

Initially the case was investigated by Police station Bandipora and later a magisterial inquiry was initiated under No.DMB/2006/4340-44 headed by then-Assistant Commissioner Baramulla A K Wani.

In 2011, however, expressing dissatisfaction over the investigation Chief Judicial Magistrate Bandipora directed SSP crime Branch Kashmir to reinvestigate the matter.

The investigation report, sources said, revealed that on 26 August 2006, the police team from SOG camp Kaloosa headed by Aziz Thakur alias Aziz Killer picked up one Zahoor Ahmed Sofi S/O Habibullah Sofi of Brar Bandipora and took him to SOG camp Kaloosa.

“The report says that deceased was illegally confined in the camp till September 06, 2006 when he was brought dead to Bandipora hospital in the evening,” police sources said.

Doctors after conducting autopsy revealed that death was caused due to the rupture of a kidney with tear measuring 0.124cm and heavy physical torture to the deceased, they added.

Crime Branch has accused late Farooq Ahmed of the offence under 302 RPC while Abdul Aziz Thakuhr(SI), Bashir Ahmed Khan(SI), Selection Grade Akther Hussain Mir have been charged with the offences punishable U/S 343, 468, 471, 201,109 RPC.

The accused have been sent to Central Jail Srinagar.

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