HC asks State to file report on Shoukat Paul
D A RASHID
Srinagar, Apr 10: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Wednesday directed the State counsel to file a comprehensive report on the status of investigation into the case on Lawapora youth Shoukat Ahmad Paul. Shoukat’s mother has filed a petition in the High Court stating her son is in Army custody while security agencies have reportedly said he is a militant planning suicide attack in Srinagar.
A Bench of Justice Hasnain Massodi passed the direction after perusing the case diary produced by the Investigating Officer, Abdul Salam, who was present in the court.
State counsel Nissar Hussain Shah informed the court that police was putting in all efforts to ascertain the source of the news story carried by two newspapers about the possible Fidayeen attack in Srinagar. The High Court on April 3 had directed the Station House Officer Kothibagh to produce before it all records including case diaries and report of investigation pertaining to an FIR (8/2005) registered under section 364 of RPC about Shoukat Ahmad Paul of Lawaypora Srinagar.
Farida, Shoukat’s mother, through Advocate Zafar Qureshi is seeking directions to SHO Kothibagh to produce report of investigation pertaining to her son.
Police station Kothibagh had registered the FIR on the directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar.
The High Court had also directed the Government to file response to the reports carried by Daily Excelsior and Daily Uqab in their issues of March 24, 2013, which quoted sources as saying that the security agencies had knowledge that four militants namely Chota Hamra, Abu Saad, Shoukat Ahmad Paul of Lawaypora Srinagar and Hilal Moulvi of Palhalan were trying to carry out a strike in the civil lines area of Srinagar city.
“On July 25, 2004, the petitioner came to know that her son was picked up from Pratap Park by Major Pratap of Kilo Force camped at Shariefabad HMT and was taken by the officer to an unknown place and was not released from the illegal captivity hitherto,” alleged the petition.
“Even on this information, Police Station Parimpora did not take any action compelling the petitioner to file application before Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar seeking directions for registration of an FIR against the accused Army Major,” reads the petition.
After seeking report from police station Parimpora in which it was stated that the occurrence has taken place at Pratap Park, the CJM directed the SHO Kothibagh to register a case and conduct investigation into the matter.
On the directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar, an FIR was registered with police station Kothibagh on January 18, 2005.
“Special Investigation Team even recorded the statement of the Khursheed Ahmad, source of Major Pratap, who had revealed that Shoukat Ahmad Paul was taken into illegal custody by Major Pratap. The source also disclosed that Major Pratap has been transferred to Kangan, where he was known by his code name Parvaiz Peer,” the petition said.
“The Police Station Kothibagh has not taken any action despite the fact that Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar had directed to register a case against the said Major and no investigation has been carried out into the matter,” reads the petition.
The petitioner states that her son has not been traced despite the fact that SHO Police Station Kothibagh and the SIT know the name of the person who has abducted her son.
“But still as per the news item, Shoukat Ahmad Paul of Lawaypora is named by the police as the person who is planning to carry out a Fidayeen attack in the civil lines area of Srinagar,” says the petitioner.
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