The National Conference said Wednesday that the Jammu and Kashmir administration should clarify whether the Awantipora youth was in the custody of the NIA or the state police at the time of his death.
The 28-year-old school teacher, Rizwan Pandit, a resident ofAwantipora in Pulwama district, died in police custody during the interveningnight of Monday and Tuesday.
"Whether the youth was in the custody of the NIA or thepolice, the responsibility lies at the door of the Governor. The young teacherwas in the custody of the state," NC chief spokesman Aga Roohullah toldreporters here.
He said an FIR should be registered in the matter againstthe officials concerned.
"Initial reports said he was in the NIA custody but nowthe NIA is washing off its hands. Whether it was the NIA or the state police,the murder happened in the custody of the state," he said.
Roohullah asked the state administration to clarify underwhose custody the "murder" happened.
"As the responsible political party and part of thesentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, we would like to know and askthe state administration to clarify under whose custody the murder happened andeven if it was the custody of the NIA we want the Governor to file an FIRagainst the NIA and bring the people involved to the book," said Roohullah.
"If the NIA is not involved which we are not ready to buy atthis stage because the initial reports suggest that the custody was that of theNIA, otherwise also the custody was that of the state. The FIR should beregistered and a murder case should be lodged against those involved."