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Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Oct 23 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced an ex-gratia relief in favour of the family of Mohammad Maqbool Dar, who was allegedly killed by the Army in custody, an official spokesman said today.

Expressing deep concern on the killing of Dar, a resident of Pakherpora in central Kashmir district of Badgam, he said the security agency concerned has been asked to take exemplary action against the personnel found guilty of the incident.

The investigations have been taken up under the close supervision of senior police officers, the spokesman added.

He said police have registered a case under section 302 of IPC.

The Army has also taken strong notice of the incident and set up a court of inquiry. The Army has also assured severe punishment to whosoever found guilty in the incident, the spokesman said.

The state government has announced an ex-gratia relief in favour of the family of the deceased, he added.

Police have already launched an inquiry into Dar's death in the Army custody in Badgam distrcit on Saturday.

Troops had arrested Dar of Mohandpora village in Badgam district on October 20 during a search operation.

He was lodged at the Kanidajan Army camp for questioning and developed some health problem on Saturday afternoon. Dar was rushed to an Army camp at Qasba Nagam for medical aid, but soon died.

Later, locals at Mohandpora took to streets and resorted to protests for two days, alleging that the Army had killed Dar during interrogation.


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