The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday exhumed the body of 26-year-old Shabir Ahmad, whose family has alleged that he was shot by a DSP in his Tengpora home. Police, however, claimed he was killed while taking part in a protest rally following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
The exhumation was carried out in the presence of family members and top officials, including SDM East Syed Haneef Balkhi and the principal sessions judge. The body was taken to Government Medical College, where doctors conducted a CT scan and an X-ray, and an autopsy was done. Sources said preliminary X-ray and CT scan reports showed many pellets inside the body.
Zahoor Ahmad, counsel for the family, said, “The exhumation was done under tight security and videographed too.”
The autopsy report will be presented before the Supreme Court.
Earlier, CJM Srinagar Massarat Shaheen had asked police to lodge an FIR against accused DSP Yasir Qadri. The decision was upheld by High Court, but the state government challenged it in the Supreme Court. The apex court stayed contempt proceedings initiated against senior police officers for not lodging an FIR in the case. It sought a report from the J&K Police on the killing of Shabir and asked for exhumation of the body.