2010 Soura youth’s death: Court issues warrant against Tehsildar

Srinagar: Taking strong exception to continuous disregard to its orders, a court here on Saturday issued bailable arrest warrant against to secure presence of Tehsildar north Srinagar for “explaining steps taken in the matter of inquest” into the death of a 17-year-old Soura youth, Umar Qayoom Bhat, during the 2010 summer agitation.
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Virender Singh Bahu directed Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar to execute the warrant by next date of hearing in the case on April 15.
The direction by the CJM followed non-appearance of Tehsildar who was required to explain steps taken in the matter of inquest regarding the death, advocate Shabir Ahmad Bhat, representing victim family, told Kashmir Reader.
From December 21 last, the court had summoned Tehsildar on a number of occasions but the magistrate failed to cause appearance before the court, Bhat said.
Earlier, Ms Nusrat had appeared before the court and had submitted that she was holding the charge of Tehsildar and has been relieved now.
Umar died in the SKIMS on August 25, 2010, three days after his release from police lockup. His family says he died due to torture in the lock-up.
As per the family, his medical report clearly shows death occurred to blunt trauma and ‘diffused intrapulmonary haemorrhage.’
Umar was picked up by police on August 20 along with two other youth, Amir Bashir Sheikh and Irshad Ahmed Bhat. He was released on August 21 at about 7 pm. After two days, the family shifted him to SKIMS where he breathed his last on August 25.