SRINAGAR: On the night of August 17, 2016, a Lecturer from Shar, Khrew, Shabir Ahmad Mangoo, was dragged from his home by Army. Next day, his brutally lynched body returned home. Despite murder case registered against the accused soldiers, police are yet to investigate the murder.
Day after the killing, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had ordered probe into the lynching, but 11 months after, the family that lodged a complaint against the commanding officer of 50 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of Army, is still waiting for probe.
“If my son would have also been a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) like Mohammad Ayub Pandit, the case would have been probed and culprits arrested,” said Wali Mohammad, Shabir’s father.
DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandit, mentioned by Shabir’s father, was lynched by a mob in Srinagar last month. Next day, the government formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing and within hours several arrests was made. But in the case of Shabir, the investigation is yet to begin in 11 months.
A day after the murder of Shabir, a Lecturer at Amar Singh College who was preparing for civil service exams, the family lodged an FIR in the police station Pampore against the commanding officer 50 RR and other army officials.
The FIR, a copy of which is with Greater Kashmir, reads, “On the night of 17 /18 August 2016, Army jawans/ officials of 50 RR stationed at Shar-e-Shali without any reason barged into the house of applicant, abducted son of applicant on gun-point, besides inflicting injuries upon the person.”
The FIR further reads, “Later on Army official of 50 RR abducted Fayaz Ahmad Wani s/o Ghulam Hassan Wani, Gulzar Ahmad Mir s/o Ali Mohammad Mir, Abdul Ahad Sheikh s/o Ali Mohammad Sheikh and son of applicant – Shabir Ahmad Mangoo – who died in Army custody due to injuries caused by the Army officials.”
“My son was in his room studying and suddenly Army came and dragged both my sons – Shabir and Zahoor – out from home and beat them. In the morning the body of Shabir was brought home in an ambulance,” Wali Mohammad said.
“He was beaten to death, and the grave injuries on his body were saying it aloud,” Wali recalls, saying, “My younger son, whose arms were fractured by the army, would have also died, but I don’t know how God saved him.”
“To quell the matter, the government ordered probe, but no one visited our home to record our statement.”
A day after the murder, then General Officer Commanding of Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt Gen Satish Dua, had ‘regretted’ the killing and said a probe had been ordered. “The incident is regrettable. It was joint patrol and one death has taken place. I am aware of it. We will investigate into the matter,” he had said.
As many as 18 people, mostly youth, were admitted to hospital with injuries suffered due to thrashing by the army personnel.
According to the locals, army conducted house to house searches for the youth who were leading pro-freedom protests in Khrew.
They said the army rounded up 28 youth including Shabir and beat them up, resulting in his death.
When contacted by Greater Kashmir, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Parvaiz Ahmad said, “We are following the case, and the investigation will be completed soon.”
When asked to divulge some information about the culprits involved in the crime, the SDPO said, “I can’t talk about the matter. The station house officer can talk about the case.”