HC admits petition to probe murder charges against Usman Majeed
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