IOK HC seeks status report in custodial disappearance case

Srinagar, November 24, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has directed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the custodial disappearance of a youth, Manzoor Ahmad Dar, to file status report indicating every detail of investigation in the case. The order was issued by a bench of Justice Hasnain Massodi of the High Court.

Manzoor Ahmad Dar, a chemist, was picked up from his home in Rawalpora area of Srinagar by unidentified gunmen on January 18/19 in 2002 and following massive protests, police had registered an FIR against Indian Army’s 35 Rashtriya Rifles. Subsequently, during the investigation it came to fore that Col Kishore Malhotra (now brigadier) had abducted the youth.

Counsel for the victim family, Mian Tufail pleaded before the court that since 2002, nearly 14 years had elapsed, but the abducted youth could not be presented before any authority. “It amply means he has been killed,” Mian Tufail pleaded. “If the case has been probed for abduction and the guilt has been established against the accused, there is no reason in delaying registration of the case for murder,” he pleaded.

In response to the submission, the court observed, “If the probe has been completed under section 364 (abduction), why report has not been filed?” On September 15, this year, the Court had granted seven weeks as last opportunity to the SIT to complete the probe and had told the agency that the failure on its part in concluding the investigation would be viewed seriously. The SIT was asked to ensure that Brigadier Kishore Malhotra cooperated with the investigation.

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