2010 Khanabal Killings: HC seeks status of prosecution against accused cop

2010 Khanabal Killings: HC seeks status of prosecution against accused cop

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Commissioner Secretary Home to file latest status with regard to sanction for prosecution of accused policeman in Khanabal twin killings case of 2010.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Commissioner Secretary Home to file latest status with regard to sanction for prosecution of accused policeman in Khanabal twin killings case of 2010.

Families of the deceased – Bilal Ahmad Najar of Khanabal and Noor ul Amin Dagga of Nai Basti Anantnag (Islamabad) town – have approached High Court seeking probe into the killings of the duo.

On September 18, 2010, Najar and Dagga were killed in police firing when they were waiting outside Ahlihadees Masjid at Khanabal to join the funeral prayers of a student Maroof Ahmad Nath, who had drowned in river Jehlum on September 13 after forces allegedly chased some boys.

"Latest status report filed again suggests that the filing of challan is awaiting the requisite sanction," a bench of Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir, observed following perusal of the report.

While Deputy Advocate General, Sajjad Ahmad Mir, submitted that the file is pending for consideration before Commissioner Secretary Home Department, the court impleaded him as party respondent.

"He shall file latest status report within a period of two weeks from the date copy of this order is served upon him," the court said, while listing the case after two weeks.

Six of the prime witnesses into the Khanabal twin killings have already deposed before the court of District Mobile Magistrate Anantnag and ascertained the role of a DySP in the alleged targeted killings.

The witnesses were produced before the said Magistrate on the directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate Anantnag and their statements were recorded under 164-A of CRPC.

The case diary and other relevant records, according to sources, have been forwarded by the SIT probing the case to the government for seeking sanction for prosecution of the police officer indicted by the agency.

In December 2013, the High Court had directed the Inspector General of Police Kashmir to constitute SIT headed by an officer not below the rank of Superintendent of Police.

Earlier, families of Najar and Dagga had approached the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Anantnag with a plea that SSP be directed to register a case to probe the killings. The Court directed the SSP to register the case.

In June 2012, while flaying police inaction in filing the FIR into the killing of two youth, the State Human Rights Commission had asked state government to initiate disciplinary proceedings against SHO Anantnag for not complying with the directions of the High Court.

Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom represented petitioners.

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