Police fail to submit report into principal’s custodial killing » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, April 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, police have failed to submit the report before the magisterial officer in the custodial killing of a school principal, Rizwan Assad.

Rizwan Assad, 29, a resident of Awantipora town of Pulwama district, was picked up by police in a nocturnal raid from his house on March 17 and, two days later, was killed during custody at infamous Cargo Camp in Srinagar.

The family of Rizwan said that that he was killed in police custody as torture marks were visible all over his body. “His backbone was broken. There were bruises on his face and head. His thighs were burnt down,” his brother Mubasir told media.

After protests over his killing, a magisterial probe was ordered. On March 22, the additional commissioner revenue who has been appointed as the enquiry officer, wrote a letter to the Senior Superintendent (SSP) of Police Awantipora, seeking a report within four days.

The police were also asked to submit details of army unit/ personnel, paramilitary forces, police personnel that took part in the arrest and custody of the deceased.

The report was supposed to be filed in four days, but seven days after the letter was sent, the enquiry officer is yet to receive the police report. “I have not received the response of the police yet. I am going to write another letter to the police and ask them why they have not filed the report yet,” the enquiry officer, Qazi Masood, said.

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