JKP seeks sanction to prosecute 23 army men involved in the ‘custodial death’ of lecturer

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir Police has sought sanction to prosecute 23 army men for their involvement in the death of a 30-year old lecturer, who was allegedly beaten to death in custody during the 2016 uprising.

The sanction which cops are seeking has to be sought as it’s a requirement under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

SSP of Awantipora Mohammad Zahid told the Indian Express, that the forces cooperated in the probe and allowed investigators to record statements. He also informed that the special investigation team completed the probe in two weeks.

“We haven’t filed a chargesheet yet. We will require sanction for prosecution under AFSPA for that,” he said. “I won’t be able to talk about the outcome of our investigation.”

On the night of August 17, 2016, Shabir Ahmad Mango, a 30-year-old college lecturer, was beaten to death, allegedly by Army personnel in Sharshali village of Khrew in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

It was alleged that Army personnel had beaten village residents with wooden planks, iron rods and rifle butts, that they had barged into Shabir’s house, dragged him out and beaten him before taking him away. Residents said more than 20 youth from the village were taken away.

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