Custodial Death: Official says youth died after trying to escape from armoured vehicle
Kashmir News Trust Web Desk
Srinagar:Amid reports of a custodial death of a youth, an official said that Rizwan Asad Pandit succumbed to his injuries after he tried to escape from an armoured vehicle.
Rizwan Asad Pandit, a resident of Awantipora from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district was picked up by National Investigation Agency (NIA) Sleuths for questioning in connection with a militant related case. Reports said that he was subsequently handed over to Counter Insurgency Group of Jammu Kashmir Police Cargo based camp located in of Srinagar city.
Media reports suggested that the youth, who was a school teacher and a Jamat-e-Islami activist died in custody during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday while police said that they have requested for magisterial enquiry under 176 CrPC to initiate the thorough probe for ascertaining the actual cause of death. Besides, it said, the police have also ordered a separate enquiry to probe the incident.
“Disturbing reports of custodial death of youth from Awantipora in Srinagar’s Cargo Camp. As per media he was picked up by NIA few days ago & was lodged in CARGO camp of (SOG). @jandkgovernor administration should come clean on this @HMOIndia @MehboobaMufti,” tweeted Nayeem Akhtar of People’s Democratic Party.
Disturbing reports of custodial death of youth from Awantipora in Srinagar’s Cargo Camp. As per media he was picked up by NIA few days ago & was lodged in CARGO camp of (SOG). @jandkgovernor administration should come clean on this @HMOIndia @MehboobaMufti
— Naeem Akhtar (@shangpal) March 19, 2019
A police official however denied the reports of custodial death claiming that Rizwan was killed while he tried to escape from an armoured vehicle.
“During questioning, Rizwan revealed that he has hidden some explosives in Khrew area. A team led by a couple of officers took him to the area where instead of showing the site, he jumped from a Rakshk vehicle, receiving serious injuries. We took him to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” the official told news agency CNS adding that there is no bullet wound on the body of the victim.
I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development & must be investigated in a transparent, time bound manner. Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers of this young man. https://t.co/Jj9RzsFu7r
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 19, 2019