Tengpora Killing: Protesters accuse Govt of shielding ‘murder accused’ cop

Reyaz Ahmad Shah

Srinagar: Accusing Mehbooba Mufti led State Government of using state machinery to save a cop accused of murder protesters at Tengpora Batamaloo area of Srinagar city Wednesday claimed that scores of witnesses are ready to give testimony that DSP Yasir Qadri killed the mason Shabir Ahmed Mir in cold blood in the lawns of his house.

“Despite the court directions to register an FIR against the murderer police official, state government is utilizing its all might to save him. We demand strict action under law against the accused. The punishment of murder should not be less than his execution,” the protesters including a large number of females said.

“PDP has presented itself as frontline campaigner for revocation of AFSPA. However, what it is doing in this case is virtually shielding accused Qadri under AFSPA,” said a protestor.

Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate here had directed Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar to register case against a police officer in connection with murder of Shabir Ahmad Mir of Tengpora, Batamaloo. The court also directed the SSP to get the matter investigated.

State government challenged the orders before state High Court which upheld the orders of CJM court. The matter is presently pending before Supreme Court.

“Entering into the house and beating inmates and old aged parents of deceased is in no way discharging official duty. The officer is assigned with the duty to protect life and property of the public. He has misused his official position, service gun and powers. By using excessive use of force and unlawfully entering into residence to commit a murder doesn’t fall within the definition of discharging official duty,” said protestors.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Jammu and Kashmir government before SC, had said an FIR cannot be lodged against police officers for death in police firing as it is done to control a “violent” and “unruly crowd.”

He contended that since an FIR regarding a stone-pelting incident has already been registered, “second FIR” cannot be lodged in connection with the same.

The family of the deceased has contested the state’s plea, claiming the killing to be a separate incident which had nothing to do with the FIR registered by the police.

The state government has got stay on the proceedings but didn’t issue any statement regarding the matter. The officials also refused to share copy of petition and order of SC with local media.

In his application before court, Abdur Rehman Mir, father of deceased, stated that the Dy SP and other police personnel entered his house at Tengpora, Batamaloo, here on July 10, 2016, at about 6:45 pm. “I along with the family members was watching TV and police party headed by Yasir Qadri forcibly entered my house and started smashing windows and doors of the house. My wife tried to stop the police officer,” Mir stated in the application.

“But on this the police official was infuriated and he assaulted the applicant and hurled invectives upon his wife,” reads the application.

“My son, Shabir Ahmad Mir, who was present on the spot could not bear beating of his parents and tried to rescue his mother from the clutches of the said police official and other police personnel. On this, the said police official went into rage and started beating my son. Thereafter he opened his pistol and fired two shots into the body of my son at point-blank range. He died on spot.”

The applicant further submitted before the court that the DySP in question has taken law into his hands and acted beyond his powers without any cause, rhyme and reason. “He has committed cold blooded murder of my son,” he pleads.

The applicant further pleaded that he approached the SHO of concerned police station for lodging FIR but he refused to do so.

“Hence, in the light of the application and affidavit sworn by the applicant, SSP Srinagar is directed to lodge the FIR against the concerned official and investigate the matter,” the court said in its order, after hearing the applicant through his counsels. (CNS)

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