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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Custodial death of Nazim: NHRC orders probe, seeks explanation from J&K

By TCN News,
New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance on a complaint regarding death of Nazim Rashid, aged 28 years, in the police custody at Sopore town, North Kashmir in Jammu & Kashmir on the 31st July, 2011.
The Commission has gone through the complaint about the incident from Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi of People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) through email and asked its Director General (Investigation) to collect the requisite reports from the concerned authorities within eight weeks.
The NHRC has also sought an explanation from DGP, Jammu & Kashmir as to why the intimation about the death in judicial custody was not communicated within 24 hours to the Commission, as per its guidelines.
The Commission received the complaint about the incident from Dr. Lenin on 1st August, 2011 through email, whereby he referred a news link which alleged that Nazim Rashid, resident of Alamdar Colony of Krankshiven tortured to death by the Special Operation Group (SOG) of police and Army officials in Sopore Town.
The family members of Nazim alleged that their son was picked up by the SOG of police in the presence of army officials on the afternoon of the 30th July, 2011 for questioning in connection with the killing of a labourer, Muhammad Ashraf Dar, who was killed by the militants. On the 31st July, 2011 they came to know through some journalists that Nazim was died in police custody and also post mortem was conducted in presence of a Magistrate. The family of deceased also alleged that the dead body of Nazim was not handed over to them.
Abdul Rashid Shall, father of Nazim alleged that he saw the dead body of his son. There were visible marks of torture in it and it was swollen since they forcibly fed him with buckets of water.
Meanwhile post mortem report has also confirmed injury marks on Nazim’s body.

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