Prisoner’s death sparks protest in Khaniyar

Srinagar: Death of a prisoner lodged in central jail here on Saturday triggered protests in Khaniyar locality of the city as his relatives rejected police claims and demanded an inquiry into the incident.
“Mushtaq Ahmad Gilkar was lodged in Srinagar Central Jail and fell ill. He was rushed to nearby Rainawari Hospital in downtown city where he died,” a police spokesman said.
“Police has taken cognizance of the matter,” the spokesman said.
40-year-old Gilkar, a resident of Kolipora locality of Khanyar, was arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in 2009 (FIR number 23/09 filed at police station Rainanwari).
As Gilkar’s body was handed over to his relatives, they along with other people took to the streets in his locality and blocked road, demanding an inquiry into Gilkar’s ‘murder.’
Rejecting police claims, Mushtaq’s family said he did not die due to heart attack.
“He was excessively thrashed by Superintendent of jail last night. The other detainees are witness to it,” Aijaz Ahmad Gilkar, brother of the deceased was quoted as saying by a local news agency.
Aijaz said his brother was in good health and claims of police leading to his death are far from reality.
“There should a thorough inquiry and those behind the murder should be brought to justice,” he said.
The protesters dispersed off peacefully after they got an assurance from senior police officers that the cause of the death was being investigated.