Probe shifted to Pulwama, ADM to submit report in 4 weeks
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Probe shifted to Pulwama, ADM to submit report in 4 weeks

The magisterial inquiry ordered into the custodial death of a private school principal Rizwan Asad Pandith will be now conducted by the district administration Pulwama instead of the Srinagar administration, officials said on Wednesday.

Rizwan, 20,a resident of Awantipora—also a Jamaat-e-Islami activist—was detained Sundayfrom his home in connection with an alleged militancy case but died in policecustody during the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday.

On Tuesday,deputy commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary had appointed additionaldistrict magistrate Srinagar to probe the custodial death that evokedwidespread condemnation from both mainstream and separatist leaders acrossKashmir.

However, onthe basis of a report submitted by the police, the magisterial inquiry has beenshifted to Pulwama district, an official said.

"In itsreport, the police stated that the incident occurred on way for a searchlocation (in Pulwama district). So that case was shifted from Srinagar toPulwama," a senior official said, wishing not to be named.

An officialin the Pulwama district administration confirmed that the probe will be now beconducted by the additional district magistrate (ADM) Pulwama "on directions ofthe Pulwama deputy commissioner Syed Abid Rashid Shah".

"The ADM hasbeen asked to submit the report within four weeks," the official said, wishingnot to be named as he wasn't authorised to speak to media.

Rizwan'sdeath sparked anger across Kashmir, with the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL)and the family members of the slain youth terming the incident as a "coldblooded murder".

Clashes werewitnessed between angry youth and forces in Awantipora, the home town ofRizwan, for the second consecutive day Wednesday, a report said.

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