POLICE CLOSE BANDIPORA FAKE ENCOUNTER CASE

‘ARMY SOURCE KILLED HILAL’

SUHAIL AJMAL

Bandipora, Dec 22: Police have closed the investigation into the Aloosa ‘staged encounter’ case in which a 19-year old youth, Hilal Ahmed Dar, was killed earlier this year. Police have cited lack of “further evidence” as one of the main reasons to close the case.
Interestingly police in its final report have said the victim Hilal Ahmad Dar was killed by an Army source Muhammad Ramzan alias-Rameez in a fake encounter here in north Kashmir. “The investigation has been closed as no further evidences are available,” Police investigation states.
“Earlier Army unit was not cooperating, now they have replied some vital questions, which should be treated as final evidence, hence investigation stands closed,” final supplementary closure report reads.
Police had filed the final (supplementary) report (No.2776/5A/012/PSB on 23rd Nov, 2012. Police in its earlier reports had mentioned that Army unit had not cooperated during the course of investigation. However, in its final report Police have ‘acquitted’ the Army.
Police have inducted two accused- Muhammad Ramzan alias Rameez -an Army Informer and Nazir Ahmed Bhat. The investigation, according to police, had revealed that Hilal was killed by an Army Source- Rameez in lieu for money, who procured two guns from Commanding Officer of 27 Rashtriya Rifles, a charge denied by Army.
During intervening night of July 24-25, 2012, Hilal Ahmed Dar of Lahipora Aloosa was killed allegedly in a fake encounter at Ashtangoo here in north Kashmir. It was suspected that Hilal was tortured before he was shot dead. Presence of a rusted gun near the body suggested that a conspiracy was hatched to eliminate the victim.
Hilal’s killing had triggered massive protests in Bandipore and other adjoining areas, under pressure Police lodged an FIR No. 143 U/S 302/34 RPC and arrested two persons Nazir Ahmed Bhatt and Muhammad Ramzan -an Army source- in connection with the killing.

FAMILY WANTS JUSTICE
Meanwhile, parents of the deceased are visiting offices of the various investigating agencies with the hope that they would get justice. They alleged that a “conspiracy” was hatched to kill their son. “We have lost our innocent son. We want guilty should be punished,” said Ghulam Mahiudin Dar father of the deceased.
Stating that various parties in the case were trying to soften the case, a relative of Hilal said: “Various parties approached us with offers but we refused to take back or soften the case.”

INVESTIGATION
Investigations revealed that the there was a close contact between Army informer and Army unit over phone this has been proved from the multi page call history sought by Superintendent of Police from the mobile company.
In its first closure report (copy available with Greater Kashmir) the investigating team has revealed that the Hilal was killed by an Army source (One of the accused) in exchange for money. However, the searches would continue. If anything comes to the knowledge, the investigation shall be reopened.”
The documents in possession of Greater Kashmir reveal that Army initially admitted that main accused in the case Rameez Ahmed is their source who informed them the about the presence of militants in the area during the intervening night of July 24-25.
It has come to light that the main accused Muhammad Ramzan alias Rameez had hatched the fake encounter conspiracy in nexus with the CO-27 RR and fired upon Hilal during the staged encounter. The paper further revealed that Hilal was first captured by the Army then he was fired upon.
“On the intervening night of July 24 and 25 we got specific information from our source Rameez, an ambush was laid at Ashtingo, we noticed the movement of three persons they started firing towards us and in retaliation one person got killed. He was identified as Hilal Ahmed Dar,” Army personnel had stated during investigation.
One of the senior Army Officer Naufil Kumar (No. IC 89080P) during earlier stages of investigation had admitted that they received the information about presence of militants in the area from Rameez the main accused, corroborating the statements of two accused.

CONFESSION
Though Army out rightly denied that it had provided any weapon to their informer Rameez-main accused in the case, however,  Rameez- during investigation admitted that he procured guns from commanding Officer of 27 RR.
While recording his statement under section 164 (recording of confession and statement) under CrPC, Rameez had confessed that he procured two guns and 3 magazines form Gill CO 27 RR. He called Hilal and Nazir to Radnaar Ashtangoo on July 24  evening and informed Army about presence of militants in the area. He further confessed that Army had first captured Hilal alive.
Recording of confession and statement read as “…..I unanimously got two guns and three magazines from CO 27 RR K S Gill, which I gave to Nazir Ahmed (another accused) and Hilal Ahmed. Followed by a plot, I asked both of them to reach Radnaar (encounter site) along with weapons and informed Army about militant movement in the area, then Major Nikal of Malangam camp informed me on Phone No 9797792410 that they have captured Hilal alive….”
However, another accused, Nazir Ahmed has confessed that it was Rameez who fired upon Hilal, at the encounter site.

WHAT ARMY SAID?
Stating that they had not provided any gun or money to their informer Rameez, Army in a letter  (No.182/PA dated October 26, 2010, said that they have only talked to Ramaeez on phone and had never made any commitment to him for killing anybody.
“Yes, he was one of our source, we received information from him and ambush was laid on the basis of the tip-off provided by him on 24 July” Army letter reads.
“…Not at all. No weapon of any kind was provided by this unit to any source at any time. Nor, he has ever visited our headquarters. Communication with this source was on mobile phone only,” letter reads.
FORENSIC REPORT
The report of Ballistic Division of Forensic Science Laboratory has proved that the AK-47 was used but no finger prints were found on the weapon.
The  reports bearing Number FSL/51-FP/Sgr and FSL/27-Bal/Sgr Dated 11-08-2012,reads as “…..the exhibit H-343/2012(recovered gun) has not been properly packed……”No finger prints have been discerned/detected on exhibit H-343/2012(recovered gun)……”
Talking to Greater Kashmir Deputy Inspector General Rajesh Kumar said: “The investigation in the case has been closed”. However, DIG refused to comment, when asked about role of the Army in the case.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
How Hilal was actually killed, by Army firing or in firing by Rameez? Was Hilal really captured alive and then shot dead? Was Army aware about the plot or not? Why were samples sent to Forensic Lab in distorted conditions? Why Army later cooperated with investigating agency? Who fired from the gun, Hilal or Rameez, as no finger prints were detected on the gun? How Army can trust a person whom it has not seen?

Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 23 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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