Magistrate starts probe in Naidkhai killing

SYED YASIR. Dated: 3/25/2014 12:11:58 PM

Statements of eye witnesses recorded

SRINAGAR, Mar 24: The magisterial inquiry headed by additional deputy commissioner Bandipora today formally started the investigation in to the killing of Farhat Ahmad Dar of Shahgund (Bandipora) by police on last Friday.
Sources told Kashmir Times that number of eye witness to the incident today recorded their statement in front of investigation commission head by deputy commissioner Bandipora Nazir Ahmad Baba.
The eyewitnesses told the magistrate members about the circumstances in which Farhat was killed by police after they fired several rounds on him. “Some of the eyewitnesses to the incident told the commission that Farhat was not among the group of stone pelters, who attacked a police vehicle and pelted stones on forces," the sources said.
The sources further said that various people gave different statements about the incident and the investigation commission members recorded their statements of eyewitness in a co-ordinal environment.
"Some eyewitnesses gave some vital information to the commission about the incident when Farhat was killed and it will help them in reaching out to the conclusion of the investigation," the sources said.
The investigation to record the statement of eye witness about the incident will continue some more days and it is expected that more people will come to record their statements about the incident. Police has today refuted those news reports which claimed that police has named the slain youth of Shahgund Farhat Ahmed Dar in its FIR and has said that these are only rumours and are spread by miscreants with an intention to malign the image of police and district administration.
The Police today cleared that his name is nowhere mentioned in the FIR. Few miscreants with the help of vested interests are spreading this rumour to disrupt the peace in the State. The Naidkhai, Hajin and several other areas of north and central Kashmir witnessed massive protests and clashes for several days after Farhat Ahmad Dar was killed by police on last Friday.
During these clashes, scores of youths got injured and some of them received pullet injuries are still admitted in hospital. The state government announced an investigation of the incident through additional deputy commissioner Bandipora and asked him to submit the report to government within one month. However, the separatist and the locals have rejected the investigation by saying that such probes are ordered to divert the anger of people over these innocent killings.



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