NEW DEHLI, August 4: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken
cognizance on a complaint regarding death of Nazim Rashid, aged 28 years, in the police custody at Sopore town. The Commission has asked Director General (Investigation) to collect the requisite reports from the concerned authorities within eight weeks. It has also issued notice to Director General Police (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 had received a complaint about the incident from Dr. Lenin of People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights, PVCHR on August 1, 2011 through email, whereby he had referred a news link which alleged that Nazim 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 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 militants.
On July 31, 2011 they came to know through some journalists that Nazim died in police custody and also post mortem was conducted in presence of a Magistrate. The family of deceased also alleged that the 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.
NHRC seeks explanation from JK police
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New Delhi, Aug 4: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Thursday sought explanation from Jammu and Kashmir Police as to why it did not intimate it about the death of a youth 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 state's 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. The complaint was with regard to the death of Nazim Rashid (28) in police custody in Sopore of North Kashmir 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.
On July 31, a 28-year old shopkeeper, Nazim Rashid, was allegedly tortured to death in police custody in north Kashmir's Sopore area. Nazim was picked by the security forces from his home Saturday afternoon for questioning in connection with the killing of a civilian in the area.