Srinagar, May 28: The State Human Rights Commission on Monday ordered Inspector Gazanfar Ali of the Jammu Kashmir Police to appear in person on July 23 to provide his version of events in connection with “extra-judicial execution” of 20-year-old student Junaid Khuroo on 29 June 2011.
The family of the victim alleges that he was killed by personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police. The police refute the allegations of the family and claim that the victim was a militant and he initiated an encounter following which he committed suicide.
A case (FIR no. 178/2011) was filed by the Sopore police with this version of events and closed as untraced. The SHRC has been hearing this case since 2011.
The police investigation wing of the SHRC conducted an independent enquiry in which they confirmed the allegations of the family of the victim, held Sopore police responsible, and directed for the registration of a separate FIR and investigation by the Crime Branch, a spokesperson of JKCCS told GNS.
Based on the report, the SHRC summoned Dr. Fida Hussain who had examined the dead body of Junaid. “The doctor submitted before the SHRC that he was pressurized by the then BMO Abdul Rashid Wani and ‘police officials’ to carry out the physical examination of the body at the Special Operations Group Camp, as opposed to the hospital, and he was unable to carry out an autopsy.” (GNS)