Only 1 Constable Booked In Triple Murder Case
Islamabad (Anantnag), Mar 31: Contrary to the Government claims that a case of murder has been registered against the police officials indicted by the magisterial inquiry report in the cold blooded murder of three teenagers by policemen last summer in Anchidora area of Islamabad (Anantnag), a top police officer said that only one constable has been booked. The officer also ridiculed the claim that disciplinary action has been initiated against the then Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for dereliction of duties.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday in a written reply to a question raised by CPI (M) leader MY Tarigami claimed that on the basis of magisterial inquiry report (MIR) four policemen including two Sub-Inspectors – Feroz Ahmad and Farooq Ahmad- besides constables Nisar Ahmad and Sartaj Ahmad were booked and case of murder was registered against them.
He also said that disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against the then Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP).
“The Special Investigating Team (SIT) of police booked only one constable namely Nisar Ahmad Lone against whom a murder charge was recently framed by the court. The investigating team did not name any other policeman in its final report which it submitted to the court and hence no FIR stands registered against any other cop,” the police officer said.
He further said that even the court has described the police investigation as faulty but has at the same time established the involvement of the accused constable, Nisar Ahmad Lone, and directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to himself carry further investigations and submit the report within a month.
The court also said the other accused police persons who had been named by the witnesses; SI Farooq Ahmad (Divisional Officer Police Post, Sherbagh), SI Feroz Ahmad, (DO Police Post, Bus Stand), SGCt Sartaj Ahmad, Ct Muhammad Maqbool and Driver Abdul Jabbar be also interrogated to bring the real culprits to book.
“The police investigation agency did not even comply to the court directions of producing the other suspected police officials named by the witnesses for identification parade and instead conducted the parade of only the constable, which clearly reveals their intentions of shielding the real culprits,” he said.
The Commission of Inquiry (COI) formed by the Government to probe 17 killings during the summer unrest, he said, had also directed the SIT to conduct the identification parade of police officials.
He further said that after the Government acknowledged the involvement of police in the cold-blooded murder of three teenagers, the Home Department decided to act on the Magisterial Inquiry Report (MIR) conducted by the then Assistant Commissioner Revenue (ACR) and sought the inclusion of the names of four accused police persons including two Sub-Inspectors in the First Information Report (FIR) but the police booked only one constable.
Furthermore, he said that Government had also decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the then Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Islamabad, Showkat Ahmad Malik while placing under suspension the accused Station House Officer (SHO), for ‘poor supervision’ of the incident.
“Though the SHO was suspended pending departmental inquiry but the SSP was only transferred,” he said.
He added that all other accused police persons including two Sub-Inspectors were also transferred and are presently posted at different places.
“All the senior police officers including then Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Kamal Sehni, as also the then SSP were present in the Laizbal area of KP Road where the protests were on but instead of revealing the truth, the officers concealed the facts in the written docket submitted to the court,” he said.
He said that in the prima facie report the Investigating Officer (IO) of police had tried to mislead the court by submitting that while the protesters from Anchidora were attacking the police men, some unidentified persons had fired on the protesters which led to injuries to several of them.
Three teenagers- Shujat-ul-Islam, 17, Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khanday, 15, and Imtiyaz Ahmad Ittoo, 15, were killed in cold blood and four others injured in the compound of a house in Anchidora area of Islamabad (Anantnag) town on June 29, 2010.
“Policemen led by some officials chased protesting youth in an armored Rakshak vehicle up to SK Colony where they got down and entered into one of the by lanes leading to Anchidora area. They barged into one of the houses in Anchidora and resorted to indiscriminate firing on youth who had run for safety,” the witnesses said.
The injured and killed youth, according to the doctors, had injuries in head, chest, neck and shoulders.
In July, 2010, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) had sought a detailed report from the Government, police and the magistrate probing the incident. The Commission stated that after scrutiny of the report, if need arises, it will form a Special Investigating Team to thoroughly probe the incident. The Commission had shot notices to the Director General of Police, Financial Commissioner, Secretary to Government Home Department, Deputy Commissioner and SSP Islamabad for filing detailed reports regarding the matter. Besides it directed the concerned authorities to file report of the Magisterial Inquiry.
A key witness into the incident identified a constable, presently in police custody, as being involved in indiscriminate firing on the teenagers.
The SIT of police produced the suspected cop before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) and conducted the identification parade after which the witness identified the constable, who was then stationed at police station Saddar, Islamabad, as one of the police personnel involved in the firing.
Publish Date: 1-04-11 12:55 PM
Only 1 Constable Booked In Triple Murder Case