Indo-Pak Affairs

Police in occupied valley found guilty of teenagers’ murder

SRINAGAR: Acknowledging the involvement of police in the ‘cold-blooded murder’ of three teenagers in south Kashmir’s Islamabad town on June 29, the Jammu and Kashmir government has sought inclusion of the names of four accused police officials in the First Information Report that has been filed in the case.

It has also decided to initiate “disciplinary proceedings” against the then Senior Superintendent of Police, Islamabad while placing under suspension the accused Station House Officer for ‘poor supervision’ of the gruesome incident.

According to details, the Home Department has acted on the Magisterial Inquiry Report (MIR) into the killing of three teenagers named Shujat-ul-Islam, Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khanday and Imtiyaz Ahmad Ittoo who were murdered in Anchidoora area of Islamabad town on June 29 after police chased away the youth protesting killing of another teenager, Arshid Ahmad, who had received a bullet in his leg that morning. Ishtiyaq, 15, was a student of class 10th, Imtiyaz Ahmad Itoo,17, worked in a bakery shop while Shujat-ul-Islam, 17 was a student of class 12th.

The Magisterial Inquiry conducted by Additional District Development Commissioner Islamabad had confirmed the involvement of police in the incident, which triggered massive protests across the Valley. The outcry over the killings had forced the Jammu and Kashmir government to order a magisterial inquiry into the incident and also a probe by the Special Investigation Team of Police.

“The state government has accepted the MIR report. It has identified and four cops allegedly involved in the incident. We have acted on the MIR recommendations and decided to initiate action against all the police officials involved in the incident,” said an officer in the Home Department, insisting not to be named.

While the accused Station House Officer has been placed under suspension “pending departmental inquiry” against him, the government has decided to proceed against the then Senior Superintendent of Police, Islamabad, and also file a charge-sheet against him.

“The formal orders in this regard have already been issued. The action against the SHO and SSP comes following the MIR report which said they had poorly supervised the incident,” the Home Department officer said. “We have asked the police to include the names of the accused police officials in the First Information Report that was filed into the case. Following this, law will take its course.

Furthermore The Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir shot dead two more Kashmiris in Reasi district, which sparked anger in the valley. A joint party of police and paramilitary CRPF troopers of 126 Battalion, during a siege and search operation, killed the youth identified as Mushtaq Ahmad and Shabbir Ahmad at Deedan Gali in Mahore area of the district.

On the other hand, four people including a girl student were injured in police actions at Rajouri Kadal and Gojwara Chowk in Srinagar. Meanwhile, an Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle inside his unit of ‘D Company’ of 17 Sikh Li Regiment at Nowshera in Rajouri. It raised the number of such deaths amongst Indian troops and police personnel in the occupied territory to 195 since January 2007.-SANA

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