Magisterial probe begins
Locals Refuse To Cooperate
Islamabad, July 5: The magisterial enquiry ordered into the killing of three teenagers in police firing here on June 29, started Monday with the enquiry officer seeking details of the incident from the police.
“We have sought the details and some documents from the police regarding the firing incident at Anchidora and the enquiry formally started today,” Assistant Commissioner Revenue (ACR), Ghulam Ahmad Dar who is heading the magisterial enquiry told Greater Kashmir.
Dar said a team of officials visited the spot and got details from the locals regarding the firing incident. However, the residents have completely rejected the magisterial enquiry and have declined to render any cooperation to them.
“The magistrate alongwith the Tehsildar visited us seeking information regarding the incident. They also asked the eyewitnesses to come forward and record their statements.
But we alongwith all the residents refused to cooperate with the commission,” said the family members of the victims.
The residents also questioned the enquiry officer’s authority to hold the investigation as they maintain that the said officer was subordinate to the officials involved in “the cold-blooded murder of the teenagers.”
“How come it is possible that the ACR will submit a report against his senior officials,” the residents told the enquiry officer while demanding judicial probe into the incident. They allege that all the senior administrative and police officials were present at the spot of the incident and were fully aware of the antecedents of the police official who opened the fire killing the three innocents.
“Even the deputy commissioner has admitted that he alongwith Deputy Inspector General Police (DIG) and Additional Deputy Development Commissioner (ADC) were present in the area only a few meters away from the incident. So why don’t you arrest the police personnel involved in the murder,” the residents told the enquiry officer.
They also told him that what purpose would the magisterial enquiry serve, when the police have already blamed the “un-identified gunmen” for the killing.
Meanwhile, Islamabad Bar Association has said it will soon make their fact-finding report public.
“We will hold a meeting of the executive body once the restrictions are eased, the report will be compiled and made public,” said the President of the Islamabad Bar Association, Fayaz Ahmad Saudagar.
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