Assembly member Kupwara has blamed police for killing a 22-year-old man in the custody at Kupwara and said that he will take up the matter with J&K Governor.
The police, however said the civilian who was in police custody complained of chest pain and was taken to hospital where from he escaped and his body was retrieved next morning. The government has initiated magisterial inquiry and placed Station House Officer, Awoora has been placed under suspension.
MLA Kupwara, Bashir Ahmad Dar said that Nazir Ahmad Mughal was in police custody on Wednesday. “He was arrested by police and then beaten in the lockup. The arrested person was taken to hospital on Tuesday and then taken back to the police station where he died,’’ he said.
Dar who is legislator of the Peoples Conference said that Mughal was killed in the police custody and now the police is trying to give this case a different twist. “All the police officials responsible for the killing of Mughal should be arrested.’’
He said that police is not allowing relatives to perform post-mortem on the body of the deceased. “In police custody, Mughal was severely thrashed and bore torture marks. Along with people, on Thursday I am will Governor N N Vohra,’’ he said.
As the body was handed over to his relatives, protests sparked in North Kashmir’s Kupwara town. The angry protestors pelted stones on the police and demanded action against the guilty policemen.
Police spokesman said that on February 10 Nazir Ahmad Mughal of Gujjarpati, Zirhama, who was accused in murder case and was in police custody complained of chest pain and was shifted to District Hospital, Kupwara by police for treatment. “He (Mughal) was attended by District Hospital doctors and after few hours he gave slip to police in the garb of attending the call of nature in the bathroom of the hospital. Instantly the search was conducted to trace him out and next morning his body was found near the compound wall of district hospital,” he said.
He said that magisterial inquest proceedings have been initiated as per law strictly as per NHRS guidelines.