Kulgam Man’s ‘Torture’ Death: HC Seeks Status Of FIR In 1997  

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High court has given state government three weeks to file status report with respect to an FIR registered by police in connection with custodial death of a sixty-year-old man killed in 1997 allegedly in the army camp.

The deceased Ghulam Mohammad Mir of Lakdipora Damhal Hanjipora Kulgam was allegedly apprehended by the Army’s 2RR during a crackdown on 6 March 1997 and was allegedly killed due to severe torture.

Mir’s son, Bashir Ahmed Mir, has filed petition before High court through Advocate Mir Shafkat Hussain, stating that  during a crackdown on 6 March 1997, personnel from 2 RR apprehended Mir with other persons of his village. After several days, the petitioner said, the other villagers were released but Mir was not released. The apprehended persons narrated that they were subjected to severe torture and beatings in the camp, the petitioner said. They also stated that Mir was subjected to severe torture which led to his death.

The petitioner further stated that the villagers came to know that the Mir’s body was lying in the Police Station DH Pora Kulgam and upon verification, his body bore injury marks and burn marks.

After the news spread in village, protest was lodged which compelled police to register FIR (9/1997) against Army personnel of 2 RR. However, Army filed a complaint before police, stating that there was an explosion in the camp which resulted in the death of the deceased. 

“They also stated that the deceased had links with terrorist outfits and upon his instance recovery of arms and ammunition was recovered.” 

Prior to coming to high court, Mir’s son had filed petition before SHRC in 2010 and the Commision had held that Mir was killed in Army custody and had recommended Rs one lakh as ex-gratia relief and benefits under SRO-43 to the legal heirs but government declined the recommendation by stating that the deceased was having links with “anti-national elements.”

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