Wamiq Farooq case: Court records statement
Srinagar, Apr 16: In the case of Wamiq Farooq, the teenager who died after being hit by police shell on January 31, Court on Friday recorded statements of two key witnesses.
The witnesses deposed in favour of application filed by the deceased’s family asking for filing murder case against the accused policemen. The application was filed by the deceased’s father, Farooq Ahmad Wani on March 27.
Counsel for the complainant, Advocate G N Shaheen, had presented five witnesses in the CJM, Muhammad Ibrahim Wani to record statements. The court however recorded the statements of only two of them today saying “two statements in support of the complaint were sufficient to start the proceedings of case.”
Court recorded the statement of Ghulam Muhammad Bhat and Shabir Ahmad Khan of Rajouri Kadal.
The witnesses deposed before the court that on January 31, two boys were playing carom on roadside in Rajouri Kadal when at around 4: 30 PM police gypsy attached with police station Nowhatta arrived in the area.”
“They said policemen disembarked from the vehicle and entered the lane where ASI Abdul Khaliq, aimed his gun at Wamiq Farooq who was playing carom along with another boy and fired teargas shell at him,” they said. They said the tear gas shell fired by police hit Wamiq directly on back side of head resulting in his on spot death adding the “policemen fired the tear gas shell at the teenager with the intention to kill him.” They told the court the area was peaceful and declined the police claim that protests were going on there.
Both the witnesses told court that they can identify all the policemen who were present on the occasion including ASI Abdul Khaliq and Constable Muhammad Akram.
They also deposed that after killing the boy, the policemen fled from the scene.
“After firing the teargas shell on Wamiq, which resulted in his death, the ASI Khaliq informed his officer about the incident through phone,” Shabir deposed before CJM.
“When he was talking over phone, I shouted at him that he has committed a murder. The voice can be retrieved from the recording of the phone, if it is seized,” he submitted before the court.
Wamiq Farooq Wani, 13 year old boy of Rainawari was killed on January 31st after he was hit by a teargas shell fired by police near Gani Memorial stadium Rajouri Kadal, in old City Srinagar.
Court listed the case for hearing on May 1.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Apr 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Apr 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 17 Apr 2010 00:00:00 IST
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