Human Rights

SHRC probe finds police accusation that killed civilian Juniad Khuroo was a militant as false

Family of Junaid Khuroo accuse Sopore police of killing Junaid, police says he was a militant who killed himself

SHRC found police accusation false, directs to report on the status of the then BMO Sopore

Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) directed the police to report on the status of Abdul Rashid Wani, who was the Block Medical Officer of Sopore in June 2011.

On 17 August 2017 the SHRC had directed the police to produce Abdul Rashid Wani through the execution of bailable warrants. Till date neither has he been produced nor has the police filed any report.

The SHRC stated that if Abdul Rashid Wani does not appear on the next date, 15 February 2018, a decision on the case would be taken in his absence.

The family of Junaid Ahmad Khuroo accuse the Sopore police of killing Junaid on 29 June 2011. The police have accused Junaid of being a militant who killed himself once he was trapped in an ongoing encounter.

The SHRC police investigation wing carried out investigations on directions of the SHRC and found that Junaid was not a militant and that the Sopore police was involved in his murder.

A separate investigation by the Crime Branch was recommended. Based on this report, the SHRC summoned Dr. Fida Hussain who had examined the dead body of Junaid.

The doctor submitted before the SHRC that he was pressurized by the then BMO Abdul Rashid Wani and police officials to carry out the physical examination of the body at the Special Operations Group Camp, as opposed to the hospital, and he was unable to carry out an autopsy.

Then SHO Sopore, Gazanfar Ali and Sub-Inspector Nissar Ahmad are main accused in this case where it appears that numerous persons conspired to kill Junaid Ahmad Khuroo and then cover up the crime.



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