‘Custodial’ Killing Of Pulwama Lecturer
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked the Union as well as the state governments to file objections to a petition by the family of a contractual lecturer who was allegedly killed by Army in custody in Khrew area of Pulwama this year.
Hearing the petition, a bench of the High Court issued notice to Union of India through its Home Secretary, state government through Financial Commissioner Home Department, Director General of Police, General officer commanding of RR 50 and other authorities.
Wife of the deceased lecturer, Shabir Ahmad of Sharshali village of Tehsil pampore in Pulwama district has approached the court through her counsel Muhammad Ashraf Wani, seeking time-bound investigation in the case related to the killing of her husband, besides compensation.
"The case (FIR 156 of 2016 registered in Police Station Pampore under sections 302, 364, 307,447, 427 and 120-B of RPC in connection with the killing of Shabir be investigated and charge-sheet be filed before the court of law," Advocate Wani pleaded. He pleaded that the affected family is entitled to the compensation.
"Since the state through police has failed to discharge its legal, constitutional and statutory obligation in prosecuting the accused, therefore, the petitioner is left with no option but to take recourse to the court," he pleaded.
After hearing the counsel, the court granted three weeks to the respondents for filing objections to the petition. Ahmad was killed allegedly in custody by personnel of 50 Rashtriya Rafilies on August 7 after his abduction during the intervening night of August 17-18 this year.
Police Station Pampore subsequently registered an FIR on September 1 under sections 302, 364, 307,447, 427 and 120-B of RPC.