Farooq Ahmad

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suspended for negligence in the Shopian rape and murders case. This is one of the many recommendations that Justice (retd) Muzaffar A Jan, currently probing the case, has made in his interim report.
Ahmad has risen from the ranks. A KPS officer of the 1978 batch, Ahmad is a post graduate in Zoology from the University of Kashmir. He started his career as DySP and has held a number of positions in various wings of the police. He has served in Kashmir as well as in Jammu in various capacities.
Among his colleagues Ahmad is known as an uncompromising and professional officer.
In 2007 Ahmad headed an high level investigation into the infamous fake encounter case that again involved policemen. Ahmad as head of the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probed the case, exhumed many graves where ‘militants’ were buried only to prove that they were all civilians. It was a heady task especially because it challenged the state police apparatus that was solely responsible for battling the insurgents. There were pressures from politicians as well. But an uncompromising Ahmad ensured that he lives up to his reputation. The accused cops including a Superintendent of Police are behind bars. Though some witnesses turned hostile in the court of law but the meticulous investigations in the case did not offer any of the accused an escape route.
Now Ahmad has to work again. And this time it is also about the cops, many of whom might have worked as his subordinates earlier. It includes an SP and a DySP besides an inspector and an Sub Inspector. They all are accused of permitting evidence to be destroyed, a charge rarely levelled against policemen here. His enquiry will have to offer the rest of the story.

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A journalist with seven years of working experience in Kashmir.

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