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Friday, August 5, 2011

Custodial Death: NHRC seeks explanation from JK


Custodial Death: NHRC seeks explanation from JK police

Kashmir Police as to why it did not intimate it about the death of 28-year-old Nazim Rashid Shalla in custody within the stipulated 24 hours.
The action came after NHRC received a complaint from an activist about the incident. An NHRC spokesperson said the Commission has asked its Director General (Investigation) to collect requisite reports from concerned authorities within eight weeks and report to it.
It has also sought an explanation from the Director General of Police as to why the intimation about the death in police custody was not communicated within 24 hours to the Commission as per its guidelines, the spokesperson said.
Resident of Sopore area of North Kashmir, Nazim died in police custody on July 31.
"The Commission received a complaint about the incident from Dr Lenin of People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights, on August one through email, whereby he referred a news link which alleged that Rashid, resident of Alamdar Colony of Krankshiven was tortured to death by the Special Operation Group (SOG) of police and Army officials in Sopore Town," the spokesperson said.
The family members of Nazim alleged that their son was picked up by the SOG in the presence of army officials on July 30 afternoon for questioning in connection with the killing of a labourer Muhammad Ashraf Dar.
They came to know through some journalists that Nazim died in police custody and also the post mortem was conducted in presence of a magistrate, the family claimed.
The family also alleged that the body of Nazim was not handed over to them.
His father, Abdul Rashid Shalla alleged that there were visible marks of torture on the victim's body, the spokesperson said.

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