Kash­mir: Cus­to­dial death of Za­hoor Sofi Cops of­fered me Rs 2.2m

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

BANDIPORA—Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the role of Crime Branch and lo­cal court for ini­ti­at­ing ac­tion against the ‘killer’ cops, the father of slain Banid­pora youth Satur­day claimed that it was Aziz Thakur alias Aziz Killer who picked up his son and then bru­tally tor­tured him to death in Kaloosa STF camp in 2006.

Ten years af­ter court sent four cops in­clud­ing two police of­fi­cers to Srinagar cen­tral jail for killing his 21 years old son Za­hoor Ahmed Sofi of Brar, Bandipora, his father Habibul­lah Sofi said that he will not budge till killers are not hanged. “Aziz Killer ap­proached and begged be­fore me for mercy. He was ask­ing me to com­pro­mise. He of­fered me Rs 22 lakh and a piece of land. When I re­fused he tried to pres­sur­ize me. I stood firm and re­posed faith in the Sys­tem,” Habibul­lah told CNS adding that all the four ac­cused sent to jail by the court are di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for the death of his son.

“My son was a clerk in Wullar B.Ed Col­lege Pa­pachen Bandipora. On day in 2006 Aziz Killer from Kaloosa STF camp along with a police party en­tered into my house and asked my son Za­hoor that few peo­ple wants to talk to him. “My son was not af­fil­i­ated with any mil­i­tant out­fit so i didn’t take the mat­ter se­ri­ously. When Za­hoor didn’t re­turn, I ap­proached police post where a Sub-In­spec­tor con­firmed his de­ten­tion.

I had never thought that Aziz Killer would kill my in­no­cent son. A day be­fore my son was tor­tured to death, i begged be­fore a police of­fi­cer for a meet­ing. Aziz Killer brought Za­hoor in front of me but I was not al­lowed to talk to him. Aziz Killer who prob­a­bly hails from C h e n a b Va l l e y t o l d m e t h a t a f t e r ques­tion­ing Za­hoor will be re­leased, but I lost my world next day when I saw the dead body of my son. The body of my son was half burnt. He had been bru­tally tor­tured in the cus­tody and it was Aziz Killer who put him to death,” Habibul­lah said.

He al­leged that police tried to en­act a drama by nam­ing a dead con­sta­ble for the mur­der of his son. “I am be­ing told that the main ac­cused have not been booked un­der sec­tion 302. I am wait­ing for the day when the killers will ei­ther be hanged or im­pris­oned for life,” Habibul­lah said adding that he is sat­is­fied the way court and Crime Branch han­dled the case.—KW

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