Alleged Sopore Custodial Death: 2 Cops Suspended

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SRINAGAR:  Police on Thursday suspended two police personnel in connection with the “alleged custodial killing of a youth” in sopore last week.

Official sources told news agency GNS that the policemen who have been suspended were “escorting him at the time of incident.” The sources however declined to comment further, saying investigation is still underway.

Mohd Ahsaan (KAS), Additional District Magistrate Baramulla, has been appointed by the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla to conduct a magisterial enquiry to “ascertain the causes and circumstances leading to the death of the youth Irfan Ahmad Dar son of Mohammad Akbar Dar of Sidiq Colony, Sopore” earlier this week.

The enquiry officer has been asked to submit his report within a period of 20 days.

“There was a huge outcry in Sopore and even it is reported in the media that the deceased was picked up by Sopore police on (September 15) and was therefore in their custody.

Allegations are leveled against Sopore Police for custodial killing of the subject,” said the deputy commission of the north Kashmir district in the order as he appointed ADC as the inquiry officer. While police claimed Dar fled from the custody and “his body was recovered later”, the family has already rejected the claim, maintaining that the 23-year-old youth, a shopkeeper by profession, was killed in custody.

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