A youth from Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, was allegedly killed in police custody on Tuesday after he was held in connection with some militancy related case.
According to reports, Rizwan Ahmad (28), son of Asadullah Pandit resident of Awantipora died in Police custody during intervening night of March 18 and 19 days after he was arrested. He was a member of Jaamt I Islami, an religious organization which was recentky banned in J&K state.
Police sources also confirmed the death of Rizwan and said that he had been arrested for questioning in connection with some militancy related case.
“We have requested for magisterial inquiry under 176 CrPc to initiate the thorough probe to ascertain the actual cause of death,” the officer said.
Sources said that police has also ordered a separate inquiry to probe the incident.
Talking to the Media brother of Rizwan Ahmad Pandit, Zulkarnain said, “Rizwan was picked up by police six months back and slapped with PSA and lodged in Kathua Jail adding we secured the bail but concerned police officials refused to release him and delayed the release for more than a fortnight till concerned Pulwama Court intervened and sought his release.
He further added, “Police forces from the concerned police station headed by Dy SP again picked up Rizwan day before yesterday from home. He added that concerned police station told them yesterday that Rizwan has been shifted to CARGO in Srinagar, the Special Operations Group headquarters. They received the information today that he has died in custody.”
Mainstream political parties condemned the custodial killing of JeI youth and demanded a time bound inquiry bringing the culprits to justice.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) an amalgamate of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik calls for shutdown tomorrow against custodial death of Jamaat-e-Islami associate.
Meanwhile in a communication to Epilogue News Media, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar said, “In view of strike call given by JRL, some security measures may be in place but no closure of schools as such.”
Spontaneous protests broke in various parts of Srinagar and Awantipora after the custodial Killing of Awantipora youth.