Slain Haji Yousuf Had Business Ties With Farooq, Omar: Kin

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Srinagar – With kin deposing before the Justice Bedi Commission for the second day in the Haji Yousuf death case, a brother-in-law of the deceased said that the NC worker had business relations with party president Dr. Farooq Abdullah and chief minister Omar Abdullah.

During a hearing at Hari Niwas, Syed Muhammad Hussain told that money often exchanged hands between Haji Yousuf and the two top NC leaders as they had business relations.

Another relative of Yousuf, Ali Muhammad Bhat also recorded his statement before the commission today.

Recently, Yousuf’s daughter, Syeda Wajahat had deposed that a personal security guard of the NC worker had made his statement before the district magistrate under severe duress.

“He was subjected to physical violence in custody because of which he gave the statement attributed to him,” she had told the court.

The personal security guard, Khursheed Ahmad, bore marks of violence on his body, and there were clear burn wounds on his hand, she had said.

The NC worker’s family is being represented by advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, while the government has a battery of lawyers presenting its case, including Supreme Court counsel Gaurav Pachanda, advocate Ali Muhammad Magrey and advocate Farooq Ahmad Kathwari. Observer News Service

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