23-year-old Irfan Ahmed Dar from Sopore ‘dies’ in Police custody, family says ‘he was killed’

Sopore: A 23 year old boy named Irfan Ahmed Dar from Sopore area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla who was arrested on September 14 on the charges of being an Over Ground Worker allegedly died in Police Custody on Tuesday.

Police has said that on September 15 at about 12:45 pm, one Over Ground Worker (OGW) of militants, namely Irfan Ahmad Dar S/O Mohammad Akbar Dar R/O Sidiq-Colony, Sopore was apprehended and two Chinese Hand Grenades were recovered from his possession.

“In this regard, 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,” the police statement said.

“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 statement further read that 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.

“During search, the body of OGW was found near Stone Quarry of Tujjar-Sharief,” the police said in a statement, adding that the body was taken to the nearby Primary Health Centre (PHC), wherefrom it was shifted to PCR Kashmir Hospital for fulfilling medical and other legal formalities and final disposal.

However, the family members of the deceased youth Irfan, accused police of dubbing their son as a militant and killing him in custody.

“I along with my brother Irfan were picked up by police for questioning on September 14 and we were kept separately. I was set free but my brother was kept in the police custody,” said Javaid Ahmed, Irfan’s brother.

He said that his brother has been killed in police custody and that he had no militant links.

“My brother is innocent and was a shopkeeper by profession. He was unmarried and that the police claims about recovery of grenades is nothing but baseless story.”

Javaid demanded an impartial independent probe into what he alleged as “the cold blooded murder” of his brother.

The police in a statement said that the investigations are still underway.

(Syndicated feed from KNO)


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