Indo-Pak Affairs

Medical report confirms death of Kashmiri boy due to police torture

SRINAGAR: A month after court directed police to investigate the death of 17-year old Umar Qayoom Bhat, who died after alleged torture in police custody, the police is investigating the case as ‘mysterious death.’ The medical report confirms that deceased died due blunt trauma and diffused intrapulmonary hemorrhage.

Failing to get an FIR registered by police, the family of Umar Qayoom of Soura approached the court last month. After court direction, police started probe under 174 CrPC without lodging any FIR, treating the case as mysterious death. Seventeen-year old Umar breathed his last at SKIMS on August 25. He was picked up by police on August 20 along with two other youth- Amir Bashir Shiekh and Irshad Ahmed Bhat.

His father Abdul Qayoom told Greater Kashmir that police released him in the evening of August 21.

“We took him to hospital next day and after we came back, blood started oozing out of his mouth profusely in night and we again took him to SKIMS next morning (August 23) where he succumbed to injuries on ventilator after two days,” he said.

He accused the police of hushing up the case to save the skin of their men involved in his killing

.“I will go to any court of the world to get his killers punished. They continuously tortured him in custody damaging his kidneys severely,” he said.

According to the death certificate issued by SKIMS, the deceased died due to diffused intrapulmonary haemorrhage, blunt trauma and severely deranged blood gases.

“We have registered inquest proceedings under Section 174 CrPC in the case and are investigating it. He died three days after being released by court and developed complications at home,” SP Hazratbal, Maqsood-u-Zaman, told Greater Kashmir.

While Hurriyat leader and the Vice Chairman of Muslim League Jammu and Kashmir, Masarrat Aalam Butt, has said that India cannot suppress Kashmiris’ liberation struggle through use of brute force and imposition of curfew and restrictions in the territory. Masarrat Aalam Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to the people of Kashmir for offering matchless sacrifices in the continued liberation struggle.

He reiterated Kashmiris’ resolve to carry on the freedom movement till its logical conclusion. He condemned the illegal detention of pro-freedom leaders and activists by the occupation authorities in a bid to foil a march towards Baramulla on Sunday.-SANA

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