COI conducts hearing into Islamabad triple murder
Cops, Administrative Officials Depose
Islamabad (Anantnag), Nov 23: The commission of Inquiry (COI), appointed by the state government to probe 17 out of 111 civilian killings in the state, Tuesday conducted hearing into the alleged cold-blooded murder of three teenagers in Anchidora area of this South Kashmir town on June 29 and recorded the statements of various police and administrative officials.
The proceedings were held before retired High Court Judge, Justice Syed Bashir-u-din, who heads the COI and Justice Nargotra, member COI, in Dak Bungalow, Khanabal.
Sources said that the Commission summoned various witnesses of the state from the police and administration and recorded their statements while the family members of the victims who were represented by the President Islamabad Bar Association were also present during the entire proceedings.
“Those who deposed before the COI and recorded their statements included Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (Anantnag), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Islamabad, Investigating Officer (IO) heading Special Investigating Team of Police (SIT), Chief Prosecuting Officer (CPO), Naib Tehsildar and then Assistant Commissioner Revenue (ACR) who had conducted a magisterial enquiry into the killings,” sources said.
Sources added that during the proceedings the family members of all the three deceased teenagers, Shujat-ul-Islam, 17; Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khanday, 15, and Imtiyaz Ahmad Yetoo, 15, were present and the
President of Bar Association, Islamabad, Advocate Fayaz Ahmad Saudagar was provided an opportunity to cross examine the witnesses.
Sources said the DC and Investigating Officer (IO) gave a written statement of the facts.
The Bar Association and the family of the victims later, sources said, sought to produce their witnesses and were subsequently asked to depose before the Commission on November 26.
The three teenagers were allegedly murdered in cold blood in Anchidora area of the town by police on June 29 after the cops chased away youth protesting against the CRPF firing on a teenager that morning.
The government ordered a magisterial enquiry into the incident which indicted five policemen including two officials into the killings, where as the police initiated a separate investigation into the incident through a special investigation team (SIT) and charge-sheeted one constable.
The state government, during the recently Assembly session, also admitted that the three teenagers were killed in cold blood and asked the police investigating agency to consider the Magisterial Inquiry Report (MIR) conducted by then Assistant Commissioner Revenue (ACR).
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