Ex-Sarpanchs killing: HC issues notice to govt

KL News Network

Srinagar

Mourners at Sajad’s home.

The wife of Congress ex-sarpanch Sajad Ahmad Malik, who was killed allegedly in an encounter on December 1 in southern Kashmir, has approached the High Court with a petition seeking investigation into the incident.

While raising allegations of murder against the Station House Officer, Dooru police station, Islamabad, the wife of the deceased sarpanch has alleged that her husband was implicated by the police in a “false and frivolous case” and despite getting bail, he was not released. “Despite the grant of bail, the deceased was not released by Dooru police station and was kept in detention. The husband of the petitioner was murdered by the SHO concerned on 30/11/16 as he (SHO) managed a false and fake encounter near Agnoo Zamaigam village of Dooru tehsil, Islamabad,” reads the petition submitted to the High Court by the deceased’s wife.

The Congress in J&K had termed the killing of the sarpanch a “staged encounter” by the forces in Islamabad and had demanded a judicial probe. Sajad Ahmad Malik was in police custody before he was shot dead in an encounter, the Congress claimed.

The petitioner has further alleged that the deceased was “killed by the SHO” concerned “only to earn name, fame and promotion”.

Admitting the petition, the High Court Monday issued notices to the J&K government through Commissioner Secretary, Home Department, and to the DGP, IGP and Islamabad SSP. The Court also sought the status report from the concerned about the recent killing of the sarpanch hailing from Dooru.

“Malik was in police custody for the last two months. The police alleged he was involved in protests during the unrest. Today he was mysteriously out of the police station and killed in a staged encounter. It’s murder,” GA Mir, president of the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee, had said in a statement after the killing.

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