by Mohd Majid Malik
A magisterial inquiry was on Saturday ordered into the killing of an elderly man in Bhaderwah town of Doda district. The incident triggered protests in the town, forcing the authorities to impose an indefinite curfew.
Sub-District Magistrate (SDM), Thathri, Anwar Bandey was appointed to probe the killing of Nayeem Shah, who was allegedly shot dead by cow vigilantes in the Nalthi area of Bhaderwah on Thursday.
“Whereas, during the intervening night of 15th and 16thh of May, 2019, some unknown persons have killed one Nayeem Ahmed RO Qillah Mohallah – Bhaderwah, which led to a disturbance in law and order situation in Bhaderwah town and its surroundings. Further, some miscreants in Bhaderwah have tried to disturb peaceful atmosphere by way of mobilizing unlawful assemblies and also resorted to stone throwing thus vandalizing public property at large,” reads the order issued by the district magistrate, Doda.
The SDM will also carry out an inquiry into stone-throwing, clashes and vandalism that took place in the town after the incident.
Deputy Commissioner, Doda, Sagar D Doifode said: “A magisterial probe has been ordered into the killing and stone-throwing in Bhaderwah. The Magistrate will submit a detailed report in both incidents within seven days.”
On Friday, a five-member SIT headed by Superintendent of Police, Bhaderwah, Raj Singh Gouria was constituted to probe the killing of Shah.
The newly constituted SIT, along with a team of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) Jammu, visited the crime scene on Saturday morning to collect evidence.
“We collected some evidences and samples from the spot, which will be sent to FSL for further investigation,” reports quoted Gouria as having said.
“We have also seized the weapon (12 bore gun) and sent it to FSL Jammu. We are investigating the case from all angles. Hope we will reach to the conclusion soon,” the SP added.
Bhaderwah town continues to be closed as the authorities have imposed curfew restrictions. Reports said an indefinite curfew continued in Bhaderwah town for the fourth consecutive day today.
People demanded immediate identification and arrest of the accused followed by stern action against them. Eight persons have been arrested in connection with the killing so far.