Omar,Nasir must step down to allow fair probe: PDP

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 30: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party Friday demanded that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani must step down to allow impartial investigation into the “mysterious death” of Sayeed Muhammad Yousuf.
“We want an independent inquiry into this very serious issue. People are raising slogans that Omar and Nasir Sogami are involved in it. People can expect impartial inquiry only when they step aside and give up position of power. We are not prejudging the issue,” senior PDP member and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beig told a hurriedly called press conference at the residence of party president, Mehbooba Mufti, here.
“Caesar cannot be investigated when he is a Caesar. In order to infuse any confidence (in the investigation) Caesar must step aside,” Baig demanded.
Responding to a question that government has ordered an inquiry into the incident by a sitting judge of the High Court, Baig said: “Caesar cannot remain Caesar and expect judge to carry out an impartial inquiry. Investigation is one step. The second logical step is that Caesar should step aside,” Baig said.
He said the needle of suspicion is pointing towards “heighty and mighty” of the state. He said that three persons including the deceased, Muhammad Yousuf of Ganderbal and Abdul Salam Reshi of Kokernag were called by Nasir Wani yesterday and brought to the residence of the Chief Minister. “What happened thereafter is extremely mysterious and disconcerting. All we know is that there is a dead body. We do not know whether he was killed at the residence of the Chief Minister or Nasir Sogami or in the custody. We have quite often seen custodial killings in the state but suspects involved were minor police or Army officials. Usually stories about killing by militants are told. This is a different case. Persons involved are very close to the National Conference leadership. Muhammad Yousuf would often attend government meetings in Ganderbal on behalf of Omar. Reshi is an important political activist of NC. Nobody can say they were terrorists or suspected to be militants,” Baig said.
“Suspiciously, three police officials in the security of Omar Abdullah- Shabir Ahmad (DSP), Nasir Khan (DSP) and SP Singh (ASI) were transferred overnight. Either they might have been witness to something or instruments in carrying out the crime,” Beig said.
Baig accused government of crossing all limits of human right violations. “This is an issue of serious and critical nature so far human rights record of government is concerned. It is a unique case and fingers are pointing towards highest authority of the government,” Baig said.
About the deceased, Baig said he is reported to have been killed in custody. The deceased, Baig said, had a reputation of being an important political operator and a handler connected with National Conference.
Beig said Talib, the son of the deceased, called them narrating that the MoS Nasir Wani had called his father to come to Srinagar here yesterday and he responded. Quoting Talib, Beig said he had the opportunity to talk to his father twice yesterday up to 6:30 pm after which his mobile was switched off. Baig said Talib was today informed that his father is dead.