Complete investigation in one month: HC to SIT
TUFAIL MATOO CASE
D A RASHID
Srinagar, Apr 23: Following a fresh status report filed by the police, the state High Court Monday granted one more month to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the killing of first victim of 2010 unrest, Tufail Matoo, to complete the investigation.
A bench of Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir passed the direction after hearing arguments of the counsel for the petitioner, Mian Tufail Ahmad and Senior Additional Advocate General, A M Magray representing the state.
In its fresh report, submitted by the SP north City, Showkat Hussain Shah, the SIT has stated that it had a telephonic conversation with the Director CFSL Chandigarh which had asked for copies of the FIR, postmortem report and facsimile of the seal used for the samples taken from the body of the deceased.
According to the report the SIT has sent the copies of the FIR and the postmortem to the CFSL Chandigarh but could not dispatch the facsimile of the seal as it was not in receipt of it from Tehsildar Charari Sharief.
The then Tehsildar north City, presently Tehsildar Charari Sharief formally communicated to the SIT that the office of Tehsildar north located at Hazratbal was ransacked by a violent mob in August 2010 causing damage to the official records besides items including the seal and an FIR was registered in Police Station Nageen regarding the incident and copy of which was submitted to Director CFSL, reveals the report.
According to the report, the SIT has also recorded the statements of seven police officials and other two persons.
The High Court on February 3 had directed the SIT to complete the investigation within two months and had asked it to file the status report of the probe in four weeks.
The SIT in its status report on March 7 had sated that the statement of Ghulam Rasool Wani the then Tehsildar Char-e-Sharief was recorded who had deposed that the swabs taken from the body of Tufail Matoo were sealed by him.
The report had stated that after authentication of the swabs, advise was sought from Director FSL Srinagar on February 13, 2012 who advised to send the samples to Baba Atomic Research Center Trombay for expert opinion as no such facility is available at FSLs in the State.
The report had stated that subsequently the samples were sent to BARC but they returned the swabs and hair sample with the directions that the analysis can be carried out at Directorate of Forensic Sciences laboratory Maharashtra, Kalina Santa Cruz Mumbai.
The swabs and hair samples were taken to the Forensic Laboratory Kalina Santa Cruz Mumbai. “They returned the swabs with the directions that the facility of such analysis is available at CFSL Chandigarh” the report had said.
The report had maintained that the swabs were finally sent to Director CFSL Chandigarh, however the analysis of the samples have not been taken by the experts till the production of an attested copy of the facsimile of seal used by the Magistrate for sealing of the samples.
As per the report, correspondence was held with the concerned Magistrate who had sealed the samples taken from the body.
The Magistrate had on February 29, 2012 intimated the investigating team that the seal used during collection of the samples was not official and could be obtained from then Tehsildar North presently Tehsildar Chari-e- Sharief, the report had said.
The report had revealed that a communication was held with the Magistrate on February 1, 2012 and reply was yet to be received.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 IST
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