Court for speedy investigation
TUFAIL MATOO KILLING
Srinagar, Nov 10: Observing that time was crucial in criminal investigation, a local court on Wednesday censured police for shoddy probe into the killing of 17-year-old Tufail Ahmad Matoo.
Counsel for the petitioner, Rafiq Ahmad Bazaz told PBI that as soon as the hearing in the case resumed before Chief Judicial Magistrate, Yashpal Bourney, in-charge officer of police produced case diary file. “After perusal case diary, the court observed that not much substantial has been done after the registration of the case,” he said. Bazaz said the court made it clear that in criminal investigation time was crucial. “Only three entries have been made after August 19 when in charge officer is supposed to record the daily proceeding therein. Even the directions of the Supervisory officer to conduct the investigation on war footing have not been adhered,” advocate Bazaz quoted the CJM as having said.
The court directed the police to expedite the investigation and accord top priority to the case. “The IO shall submit progress report on the next hearing on November 25,” the court said.
Matoo’s death triggered off cycle of violence in the valley and at least 111 persons were killed in last 150 days.
According to the family, Tufail was returning home from tuitions when police teargas shell allegedly hit him near Gani Memorial College in old city, killing the youth on the spot on June 11.
The police even refused to file an FIR initially and it was on the directions of the court that a case was registered.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Nov 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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