HC ad­mits pe­ti­tion to probe mur­der charges against Us­man Ma­jeed

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRI­NA­GAR—The J&K High Court has sought a re­sponse from Us­man Ma­jeed, a for­mer counter-in­sur­gent and now a Con­gress leg­is­la­tor from Bandi­pora, and from four of his for­mer as­so­ciates, on a plea for con­sti­tu­tion of a Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (SIT) into the killing of an in­no­cent man al­legedly by them at Ha­jin 23 years ago.

Ad­vo­cate Per­vaiz Im­roz, coun­sel for the pe­ti­tioner Sa­jad Ah­mad Wani, 38, said that a bench of Jus­tice Ra­ma­lingam Sud­hakar also is­sued no­tice to the In­dian Min­istry of Home Af­fairs, to the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force, to the state govern­ment through Com­mis­sioner Sec­re­tary Home, to the state Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice, and to the Sta­tion House Of­fi­cer of Ha­jin where an FIR (79/1993) is reg­is­tered. The re­sponse has been or­dered to be filed by July 11.

The as­so­ciates of Us­man Ma­jeed to whom the no­tice has been is­sued are Nazir Ah­mad Kochak, Mo­ham­mad Maq­bool, Mo­ham­mad Iqbal Ha­zoori, and Ab­dul Rehman Shalla, all res­i­dents of Ha­jin.

In his pe­ti­tion, Sa­jad has stated that on 6 June 1993, his father Ab­dul Khaliq Wani while try­ing to cross the Prang Mad­wan Nal­lah stream in a boat to go to the mosque for evening prayers, was called out by mem­bers of the Ikhwan who in­cluded Us­man Ma­jeed and the four as­so­ciates, and also Nazeer Ahmed Wani of Saderkoot Bala, who has since died.

“Th­ese Ikhwa­nis ab­ducted (him), just around 50 me­ters away from (his) house. The news of the ab­duc­tion spread im­me­di­ately and the fam­ily rushed to­wards the spot and pleaded with them (Ikhwa­nis) to re­lease him.—KR

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