Sopore youth’s killing: Inquiry officer submits report

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Srinagar, March 10: After
seven months, inquiry officer has submitted the investigation report to Baramulla administration regarding alleged police custodial killing of Sopore youth in September last year, officials said on Wednesday.

On September 16, 2020, Irfan Ahmad Dar from Sadiq Colony Sopore area of Baramulla was found dead after being picked up allegedly by police team from his shop.

Soon after Dar’s killing widespread protests erupted in the area, the then Deputy Commissioner Baramulla G N Itoo had appointed Additional Deputy Commissioner Baramulla as the inquiry officer and was advised to submit the report within a stipulated time of twenty days.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Mohammad Ahsan Mir who had been appointed as inquiry officer in the case told Rising Kashmir that they have submitted investigation report to the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla and all sides of case have been mentioned in it.

About further details in investigation report, Mir said it cannot be disclosed in the public domain.

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Earlier police had claimed that Dar was an Over Ground Worker and had escaped while being taken for recovery of arms.

In a statement police stated that during the course of the investigation, a police team had visited Chairdaji area of Tujjar-Sharief along with Dar for more recovery on his disclosure.

“In the meantime, Dar took the advantage of the darkness and terrain, managed to escape”, said the police. While a separate case FIR No. 71/2020 under Section 224 of the IPC was registered in the Police Station Bomai. “During a search, the body of Dar was found near a stone quarry of Tujjar-Sharief,” the police said.

Later, Dar’s body was taken to PHC in the area from where it was shifted to Police Control Room (PCR) hospital in Srinagar for post mortem. His body was later buried in Sonamarg, more than 130 kilometers from his home in Sopore.

Refuting the police version, the family members alleged that Dar, a shopkeeper by profession, was “dubbed as an OGW and killed in custody”.

Javid Ahmad Dar, elder brother of deceased Dar told Rising Kashmir that they welcome the move. However, he said the report was not shared with the family. “All things will be decided by the court now and we are waiting for the petition date”, he said.

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