SRINAGAR: The body of 26-year-old Shabir Ahmad Mir was exhumed on Thursday and a post-mortem conducted on it in the presence of principal district and session judge and sub-district magistrate Srinagar.
The order to exhume the body to conduct post-mortem was ordered by the district magistrate Srinagar and it was allowed by Supreme Court on August 12.
The exhumation process commenced at 8am and the body was dug out from the grave identified by his father, Abdul Rehman Mir. His brother and maternal uncle and local imam (cleric) and family’s counsel advocate Zahoor Ahmad was present along with officials from the district administration and health department. As the body was removed under the command of the magistrate, Abdul Rehman could not control emotions and broke down. While he was consoled by other family members, the body was taken in an ambulance to Government Medical College where computerized tomography (CT)-scan and x-ray was conducted which was videographed in presence of principal district and session judge Rashid Ali Dar.
Later, the body was taken to mortuary at PCR Srinagar where the post-mortem was conducted by a team of four doctors, two each from GMC and health department, in presence of the SDM. The doctors who conducted the postmortem are Dr Zahid Ahmad Nasti, Dr Zaffar Iqbal, Dr Reyaz and Dr Arsalan.
A senior health officer told Kashmir Reader that port-mortem report from FSL Srinagar and the GMC will be submitted in next few days.
It has been also learnt that CT-scan and x-ray reports, which were sealed in presence of the principal district and session judge, suggested presence of hundreds of pellets in the body leading to rapture of liver and other internal organs. While the report is suggestive of the fact that pellets were hit from point blank range, doctors refused to comment, insisting that it was “confidential”. “It (report) is confidential and we can’t reveal anything whether he was hit by pellets or bullet,” the doctors said.
The postmortem, x-ray and CT-scan reports have to be submitted to Supreme Court by September 5 when the state’s special leave petition would come up for hearing.
On August 12, the Supreme Court of India allowed state authorities to conduct the post mortem with the direction that it should be supervised by the Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar.
Abdul Rehman Mir had said that his son was killed by DySP Yasir Qadri and his police team at his home in Tengpora.
In his application before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar, Mir said that he was forced to knock on the court’s door after the Batamaloo SHO refused to register an FIR against the Deputy SP.
He said that on July 10, at about 6:35pm, he along with family members was watching TV when a police party headed by the DySP barged into his house and started smashing window panes and doors.
“(My) wife tried to stop the police official but (he) got infuriated and physically assaulted (her) and hurled invectives,” he said.
Seeing all this, Mir said, his son could not bear it and tried to save her mother from the clutches of the official and other police personnel.
“On this the police official went into rage and started beating (my) son and thereafter opened fire. My son died on the spot,” he said. Mir has charged the DySP of taking law into his hands to kill his son in a “cold-blooded murder.”