Palhallan killing: Govt returns inquiry report

The State Government has returned the inquiry report into the killing of a Palhallan youth to Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, asking him to come up with his recommendations.
Palhallan killing: Govt returns inquiry report
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The State Government has returned the inquiry report into the killing of a Palhallan youth to Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, asking him to come up with his recommendations.

Farooq Ahmad Butt alias Prince (23) son of Ghulam Ahmad of Baghat MohallaPalhallan, Baramulla, was killed while another youth Riyaz Ahmad Bhat was injured when police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel opened fire on protesters in Palhallan on February 9 this year.

The residents of the area were staging protests against nocturnal raids by police in their localities.

They were also demanding the mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged to death on same day in 2013.

Police termed the killing regrettable and Government ordered Magisterial Inquiry into the incident. The Government promised completion of inquiry in 15 days and said the guilty will be punished. Sub-Divisional Magistrate Pattan was assigned the job of inquiry.

The inquiry officer in the findings has said that the youth was totally innocent and there has been gross violation of Standard Operating Procedure while tackling the protest demonstrations. "The forces have not used water cannons to disperse the protesters neither warning shots were fired," the report has said.

"About 30 persons who recorded their statements before the inquiry officer have said that forces entered the interior Palhallan and chased groups of youth," the report has said, adding that no magistrate was present at the spot at the time of the firing.

The report was submitted to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir by Deputy Commissioner Baramulla. Divisional Commissioner was supposed to submit it to Government.

"I forwarded that report to Divisional Commissioner. He has returned it. He has asked me to write the comments after studying it. I have been asked to give recommendations," Deputy Commissioner BaramullaMushtaq Ahmad told Greater Kashmir. "I am giving my comments in near future. I will send it back to Divisional Commissioner."

The victim's family has not been given the copy of inquiry report till now. "We came to know that inquiry has been completed more than a month ago. Despite our repeated requests, the report has not been given to us," family members of Farooq told Greater Kashmir.

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