Pay Rs 2 lacs to custodial death victim, SHRC to police, government

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Srinagar, Mar 19 (UNI) Rejecting police claim in custodial death case, Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) directed the authorities to pay Rs two lacs to the next of kin of the deceased Mushtaq Ahmad.

However, he said, out of two lacs ex-gratia recommended by the commission, Rs 50,000 should be charged from Station House Officer (SHO) and Rs 50,000 from other police personnel involved in the killing.

In the judgment, acting chairman of the SHRC Habibullah Bhat said the commission took a suo moto congnizance on a news item appearing in a local English daily here alleging that Mushtaq Ahmad was killed after his arrest in August 2005 in police station Doda.

Mr Bhat rejected the report of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Doda in which he had said Mushtaq committed suicide.

However, father and wife of the deceased person alleged that he was arrested on a false complaint and was later tortured to death in police station.

Mr Bhat agreeing with the petitioners said police used third degree methods to get confessions from the accused.

He said the reports and other evidence collected so far and the inquiry conducted have undoubtly established that Mushtaq was brutalised and tortured in the police custody.

Mr Bhat said the petitioners should be paid Rs two lakhs. One lakh should be paid by the state government and Rs 50,000 by SHO and Rs 50,000 by other police officials.

The commission also recommended that Rafia Begum wife of deceased Mushtaq should be provided job under SRO-43.

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