Sopore man detained by police found dead

Agencies. Updated: 9/17/2020 10:47:01 AM Front Page

SRINAGAR: A man detained by police in Sopore was found dead in a nearby area of Baramulla district of Kashmir Valley, officials said on Wednesday.
Irfan Ahmad Dar (24), was detained by police in Sopore town on Tuesday in connection with an anti-terrorism case, the officials said.
His body was found at Charamundji falling under the jurisdiction of nearby Bomai Police Station on Tuesday evening, the officials said.
They said the body was brought to PCR Hospital at Srinagar on Wednesday for postmortem.
The Sopore Police has claimed that the deceased had escaped from the custody and that two hand grenades were also recovered along with the body.
However, officials said the body bore many torture marks on the back and face.
Authorities have suspended internet services in Sopore town and adjoining areas as a precautionary measure, even as family members of the deceased refuted the police version and alleged that their kin was tortured in the police custody and was killed by the police.
In a statement issued here, Police said that On September 15 at about 12:45 hours, “one OGW namely Irfan Ahmad Dar was apprehended and two Chinese Hand Grenades were recovered from his possession.”
In this regard, the police said, a case (FIR No. 257/2020) U/S 18 ULA (P) Act, 7/27 A. Act was registered in Police Station Sopore and investigation taken up.
“During the course of investigation, a Police Team visited Chairdaji area of Tujjar-Sharief along with OGW for affecting some more recovery on the disclosure of the OGW,” the police said, adding, “In the meanwhile, the OGW while taking advantage of darkness and terrain managed to escape regarding which a separate Case FIR No. 71/2020 U/S 224 IPC was registered in Police Station Bomai and during search the body of OGW was found near Stone Quarry of Tujjar-Sharief.”
Accordingly, the police said the body was taken to the nearby PHC, wherefrom shifted to PCR Kashmir Hospital for “fulfilling medical and other legal formalities and final disposal.”
Meanwhile, Apni Party led by Altaf Bukhari urged Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to order a time bound probe into the incident.
Even if the claims of the police were true that the slain youth was an over ground worker who allegedly took advantage of darkness to escape and during search, his body was found at Tujjar-Sharief, the police cannot be absolved of its responsibility warranted under law," Apni Party spokesman Javaid Baig said.
"The circumstances which led to his death need to be probed in order to find the truth, he said.

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