Father's statement recorded

Greater Kashmir


Srinagar, Mar 30: A local court here on Tuesday recorded the statement of Farooq Ahmad Wani, father of Wamiq Farooq-who died after being hit by police teargas shell on January 31.
 Farooq Ahmad Wani was produced by his counsel, General Secretary Bar Association, G N Shaheen before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Muhammad Ibrahim Wani for recording the statement.
 Wani deposed before the court that Inspector General of Police be directed to register an FIR against the assistant sub-inspector Abdul Khaliq, and constable Muhammad Akram for offences under section 302 RPC for killing his son.
 On March 27, Wani filed a complaint before the CJM seeking registration of FIR against police under section 302 (murder). The CJM had later directed counsel to produce the parents of Wamiq before the court for recording their statements in support of the complaint.
 Wani deposed before the court that the police investigation, in which Wamiq has been termed as ‘miscreant’ who according to police was “involved in stone pelting, is concocted and baseless.”
 He said the IGP be directed to constitute a special investigation team comprising senior police officials to investigate the matter and bring the accused policemen to justice in due course of time. “Police investigation should be conducted in such a way that who so figures in the conspiracy of the gruesome murder case should be tried before a competent court,” he said.
 Court directed the Bar Association to present further witnesses on next date of hearing on April 6.
 Wamiq Farooq died on January 31 after he was hit by tear smoke shell fired by police when he was coming out of playground in Rajouri Kadal. He was rushed to Soura hospital where he was declared dead.
 Following Wamiq’s killing the Inspector general of Police had told media that they had suspended an ASI, who fired tear smoke shell towards Wamiq.  “He (ASI) has been placed under suspension for not having taken adequate precautions,” IGP had said. Even the Law minister, Ali Muhammad Sagar, had assured action against the police official.
 It may be recalled that police on February 20, in its report submitted before a Court here termed Wamiq a “miscreant” who according to police was involved in stone throwing and succumbed to an injury sustained by him in police’s “retaliatory measure” at Rajouri Kadal on January 31.