Clashes in Kupwara after mysterious death of man

Clashes in Kupwara after mysterious death of man

Superintendent of Police (SP) Kupwara, Rahul Malik, said that several policemen have been placed under suspension and investigations taken up in the case.

Violent clashes erupted in frontier Kupwara district Wednesday following death of a murder accused man allegedly in police custody.

Nazir Ahmad Mughal, resident of Gujjarpati Zurhama, was under detention at police post Zurhama since Monday. He was found dead under mysterious circumstances in district hospital Kupwara this morning.

The relatives of the victim alleged that he died in the police custody due to torture. “There are torture marks on the body of the deceased which clearly indicate that he died due to the third degree torture. We want stern punishment to the guilty cops responsible for his death,” said a relative of the deceased.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Kupwara, Rahul Malik, said that several policemen have been placed under suspension and investigations taken up in the case. “Last evening the accused complained of pain in abdomen and was immediately taken to Kupwara hospital for treatment. He later fled from the hospital on the pretext of attending nature’s call,” the SP said, adding that today he was found dead in the hospital premises.

Demanding stern action against cops responsible for the death, the relatives clashed with police in Kupwara town for hours and refused to bury the body. Additional contingents of police and paramilitary CRPF were deployed to contain the protests. Earlier the angry relatives did not allow police to conduct the post mortem. “We will not bury the body unless the culprits are booked under law,” said Muhammad Yaseen, another relative.

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the case. The protests and clashes spread to Zurhama, the native village of the victim and main Kupwara town where youths clashed with the paramilitary CRPF who allegedly broke the window panes of several houses in Jamia Qadeem Kupwara.

The deceased was arrested in connection with the murder case of one Farooq Ahmad Malkal under FIR No. 76/2014 U/S 364/302 RPC of P/S Trehgam.

PDP DEMANDS PROBE:

Demanding a thorough and time-bound probe into the death, Peoples Democratic Party expressed concern over the ‘spiraling of such sad incidents in Kashmir.’

"It is unfortunate that a young man has lost his life in police custody and it needs to be thoroughly investigated to know what went wrong and where," the party Chief Spokesperson, Naeem Akhtar said in a statement. He said at a time when the police had to learn to behave responsibly and sensitively such sad incidents only add to the prevailing mistrust among the people with the system which is something we can’t afford. Akhtar said such an incident coming close to the unfortunate killing earlier in Palhalan, Pattan could further vitiate the atmosphere apart from the tragedy it brings to the victims and their families. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, Akhtar prayed for the everlasting peace of the deceased soul. Party senior leaders, Abdul Haq Khan, MLA-elect Raja Manzoor Ahmad, MP-elect Fayaz Ahmad Mir and others have also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.

MLA-elect Kupwara, Bashir Ahmad Dar while condemning the ‘custodial death’ said that there is no space for such incidents. He demanded a judicial probe into the killing, urging senior officers to take strong action against the guilty personnel.