J & K SHRC asks to register case against BSF

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Srinagar, Sep 28 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed the authorities to register a murder case against Border Security Force (BSF) for kidnapping and killing one Showkat Ahmad Zargar in custody.

Delivering the judgement on a writ petition filed by father alleging that his son was killed by 49 batallion BSF during the intervening night of April 8-9,2002, member of the SHRC Habibullah Bhat also directed the authorities to pay Rs one lakh as compensation to the next of kin of the deceased youth besides provide job to one member of the affected family under SRO-43.

He also directed the government to ask Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir police to investigate the killing.

Rejecting inquiry reports submitted by police and BSF before the commission, he said the two reports contradict each other.

The petition filed by Mohammad Amin Zargar, a resident of Rainawari in the down town, in April 2002 alleged that BSF arrested and tortured his son to death and later labelled him as a militant.

The BSF said he was killed in an encounter at Yusmarg in the district of Badgam in Central Kashmir.

However, the petitioner all along denied the BSF version and submitted media reports about the death which clearly said he was killed in custody which also sparked massive protests.

Mr Bhat said the petitioner also appealed to the Chief Minister and Director General of Police.

He said the BSF did not cooperated with the inquiry officers and tried to conceal the facts.

Mr Bhat said the witnesses produced by Mr Zargar confirms that Showkat was lifted by the BSF in a white gyspy during the night and killed in a fake encounter.

The witnesses further said that police refused to register a FIR.

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