2011 death of NC activist now becomes election issue

Yousuf had been accused of taking money from party leaders in exchange for posts.

Written by Mir Ehsan , Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published: December 7, 2014 3:05 am

The mysterious death of National Conference activist Haji Yousuf soon after leaving the residence of J&K CM Omar Abdullah in 2011 has now become a poll issue.

Yousuf, a senior NC leader from South Kashmir, died in custody after he was handed over to the Crime Branch by Abdullah in September 2011. Yousuf had been accused of taking money from party leaders in exchange for posts. The PDP had blamed Abdullah for the death.

Now, addressing a poll rally in Uri, Abdullah said that Yousuf died in the custody of Raja Ajaz, who was IG Crime at the time and is now contesting on a PDP ticket from Uri. “After coming to know of the murky deals of Yousuf, I handed over him to IG crime. He died in his (Ajaz’s) custody,” Abdullah said. Reacting to the CM’s allegations, Ajaz said: “Haji was subjected to psychological pressure during his three-hour stay at the CM’s residence, which resulted in his death,” he said.

Meanwhile, referring to the CM’s statement, Yousuf’s family sought PM’s intervention and asked him to direct the DGP to register a case against Abdullah and three of his aides. “We believe that he was murdered,” Yousuf’s son Talin Hussain said.

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