President Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) Er Rashid has expressed dissatisfaction over the inquiry report submitted by Deputy Commissioner Baramulla over the death of Abdul Rehman Dar of Unsoo.
Addressing a press conference along with the son of deceased Late Abdul Rehman, today here he said that though indicting traffic cops has vindicated his stand and thereby justifies the FIR lodged at PS Sopore but unfortunately the Deputy Commissioner has failed to point out many important facts.
He said, “Assuming that it were the traffic cops not the mobile magistrate, who halted the ambulance but the million dollar question is that inquiry officer must know that the traffic cops were working under the command and the control of mobile magistrate. Nobody should be made a escape goat in the incident without a proper reason. Even if it is believed to be true that the cops did the shameful act on behalf of their own, doesn’t it still prove that mobile magistrate has failed to discharge his duty by not preventing his subordinate cops from carrying out an act that has resulted in death of the patient.”
The MLA Langate has said that in 2010 Zahid Farooq was fired upon by a soldier, it was not his commander Mr. Birdi who had not fired upon the deceased but was arrested and put behind the bars because the soldier was simply executing the orders given to him by his boss.
“The issue by no means should be seen as a sort of confrontation between judiciary, police and the concerned family but needs to be seen purely from legal and humanitarian angle. The divisional commissioner on behalf of the government must immediately recommend ex gratia and other due benefits for the family of deceased, as DC’s report has confirmed that ambulance was halted unnecessary.”
He added that he has full faith that justice will be delivered by the High Court and truth will prevail. He also accused national media of keeping complete silence over the issue and said that had the incident taken place in any other part of the country the reaction of the media and civil society would have been altogether different.
Er Rashid said that ordering court marshal to those involved in Machill encounter hardly makes a difference as it is not only too little, too late but does not make a sense unless hundreds of other army officers involved in cold blooded murders of innocents and human rights violations are not given the same treatment.
He also condemned government for preventing dog menace which is claiming precious lives everyday.
“The government seems to be more worried about protection and welfare of dogs rather than caring for the humans.” Er Rashid cautioned government to fulfill its duty in protecting lives of people; otherwise AIP will go for tough and innovative measures to overcome the dog menace in the city and villages.