Govt Nod for Prosecution of Ex SSP, DySP After 11 Years 

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Srinagar—The state government has accorded sanction for prosecution of former SSP of Ganderbal Hans Raj Parrihar and former DySP Bahadur Ram Keth in connection with the killing of Nazir Ahmad Deka, a roadside perfume and skull cap vendor, in a fake encounter at Yachnar Badergund area of the central Kashmir district in 2006.

Besides Deka’s stage managed encounter, Hans Raj Parihar is also accused of picking up of a number of other civilians, murdering them in staged gunfights and passing them off as militants for money and awards.

“The State Government hereby accord sanction for launching prosecution against (Bahadur Ram Keth then (DySP) and Hansraj Parihar, the then SSP, Ganderbal), accused for the commission of offence punishable under section 302, 364, 201, 120-B of Ranbir Penal Code, arising out of FIR No. 62/2006 of Police Station, Kothi-Bagh, Srinagar,” reads an SRO-340, issued last month.

On 18 February 2006, Muhammad Abdullah Deka of Daksum Kokernag lodged a written report in Police Station Kothibagh, stating that his younger brother, Nazir Ahmad Deka, who was selling skull Caps and perfumes near Biscoe School Lal Chowk Srinagar was missing since 16 February 2006. On 22 June 2006, another report was received from Muhammad Abdullah Deka, stating that his brother has been abducted by some unknown persons who were boarded in a white color Gypsy, near Biscoe School Srinagar with the intention to kill him.

Subsequently, a case FIR (62/2006) under Section 302, 364, 201, 120-B RPC was registered in Police Station Kothi-Bagh, Srinagar and investigation initiated.

“During the course of investigation, in a similar nature case, bearing No. 06/2007 of P/S Batamaloo, it came to surface that Police Personnel of SOG Ganderbal boarded in a white colour Gypsy had lifted Nazir Ahmed Deka from Lal Chowk near Biscoe School and after hatching criminal conspiracy, killed him in a planned fake encounter at Yachnar Badergund Ganderbal, which was dramatized on 16/17-02/2006, jointly by SOG Ganderbal and 5 RR,” reads the SRO.

On 17 February 2006, the SRO reads, accused Mukhand Raj Guru Captain/Adjutant of 5 RR Army Unit lodged a complaint in Police Station, Ganderbal, stating that an unidentified militant was killed during an encounter.

Accordingly, a case FIR No. 17/2006 under section 307 RPC and section 7/25 Arms Act, 1959 was registered in Police Station Ganderbal.

However, the FIR was investigated upon by SIT (Special Investigation Team) and the claim of accused was found false and a fabricated. 

“The appointing authority of Bahadur Ram Keth (Dy.SP) and Hansraj Parihar (SSP) is the Government in the Home Department and the offence has been committed by the accused persons in connivance with other accused, while acting or purporting to act in discharge of their duties and to prosecute them, sanction u/s 197(1) of the code of Criminal Procedure, Samvat, 1989 is mandatory; and

Now, therefore, in exercise of powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Samvat, 1989, the State Government hereby accord sanction for launching prosecution against (them).”   

The cases among others against Parihar pertain to the killing of a carpenter, Abdul Rehman Padroo of Larnoo Kokernag, and Showkat Ahmad Kataria, who was an imam (cleric) in a masjid at Zadibal here.

Apart from Parihar and DySP Bahadur Ram, the SIT has named ASI Farooq Gudoo, driver Farooq Ahmad Padder, Manzoor Ahmad Malik and Constable Bansi Lal as accused in the fake encounter killings.

Besides cops and the some civilians, the police had also chargesheeted Col. Vikram Singh, Maj. Rishi Khanna, V.K. Sharma, Puran Singh and Satpal Singh of 13 Rashtriya Rifles of army. If proven guilty, accused can face a death or life sentences

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