Two officers among 4 cops charged for custodial killing of boy
BANDIPORA, IHK— Almost 10 years after the ‘ custodial killing’ of a Bandipora boy Crime Branch Kashmir has filed a charge sheet against four policemen including two officers, a selection grade, and a deceased SPO in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate. The charge sheet was submitted two days before, sources said.
Crime Branch of Police filed its final charge sheet in a case FIR No 125/ 2007 P/ S Bandipora indicted two police officers, Abdul Aziz Thakur ( Sub Inspector NO 6834/ NGO), Bashir Ahmed Khan ( Sub Inspector No. 7623/ NGO), Selection Grade Akther Hussain Mir No. 867/ AP 9th Bnt( now 221/ IRP 12 Bntl) presently posted at Brusrar Power Project Kishtwar and Late Farooq Ahmed Dar( SPO), the main accused. The four accused have been booked under charges of murder, torture, illegal confinement, falsifying and distorting evidence separately.
It has been learnt that after three investigation processes crime branch has submitted ‘ mellowed down’ charge sheet against the four accused. The case was first under investigation of Police station Bandipora, then a magisterial inquiry was initiated under No. DMB/ 2006/ 4340- 44 headed by then- Assistant Commissioner Baramulla A K Wani and later when Chief Judicial Magistrate Bandipora in 2011 expressed un- satisfaction over investigation directed SSP crime Branch Kashmir to reinvestigate the matter who according to family members of the deceased have submitted ‘ mellowed down’ charge sheet wherein it has dropped murder charges against the main accused.
Investigation report assessed by Rising Kashmir revealed that on 26 August 2006, a police team from SOG camp Kaloosa headed by Aziz Thakur alias Aziz Killer picked up one Zahoor Ahmed Sofi S/ O Habibullah Sofi of Brar Bandipora and lodged him in the SOG camp Kaloosa. The report says that deceased was illegally confined in the revealed that death of Zahoor was caused due to the rupture of a kidney with tear measuring 0.124cm. The death according to medical reports was caused due to the heavy physical torture to the deceased during the intervening night of 3and 4, September 2006.
The initial investigation of the case was carried out by Police Station 302/ RPC when he was dead.
Report says that the CJM did not agree with the investigation conducted by the local police and passed an order dated 12- 12- 2011 observing therein that the charge sheet has been presented against the dead person in order to evade action against the officer and officials besides terming investigation as defective and shady.