After a lot of protests from political leaders to civil society, the authorities have started a probe into the alleged custodial killing of a shopkeeper in Sopore area.
According to the media reports, many eye witnesses and the family members have deposed before the probing authority as police had requested Deputy Commissioner Baramulla to investigate the matter and complete the report about the allegations that he was killed in cold blood.
There is a lot of anger in North Kashmir and all the political leaders have urged for a time bound probe into the alleged custodial killing of a young boy from Tujar Sharief area of Sopore. Due to the widespread protests by people, civil society and politicians, IGP Kashmir range Vijay Kumar told the media that they have asked Deputy Commissioner Baramulla to order a probe into this killing.
Police have maintained that the youth identified as Irfan Ahmed Dar fled from custody and later his body was found. However, his brother and other family members told visiting media persons that he was killed in custody and was not involved in any militant activity. However IGP Kumar told in the press conference that they recovered a hand grenade from Irfan and maintained that he tried to flee from police custody.
Protests swelled in the native village of Irfan Ahmad Dar, a shopkeeper in his area when police refused to hand over the body to his family, saying a gathering on his funeral “could have increased the scope of COVID-19 transmission”.