Wamiq Farooq killing: SC seeks outcome of SIT ‘deliberations’

Srinagar: The Supreme Court of India has sought ‘outcome of deliberations’ of Special Investigation Team in the 2010 killing of Wamiq Farooq, a 12-year-old boy from downtown Srinagar.
A Division Bench of Justices Jagdish Singh Khehar and Arun Mishra directed senior counsel Gaurav Pachnanda, representing J&K government, to place the outcome of the SIT deliberations on the record within six weeks.
The apex court was hearing a Special Leave petition filed by the government in 2011 against the rejection of Revision Petition by J&K High Court, challenging the trial court order regarding the constitution of SIT to investigate the boy’s death.
Wamiq, a Class 7 student, was killed on January 31, 2010 when a teargas shell fired by the police hit him on the head near Gani Memorial Stadium at Rajouri Kadal.
After Wamiq’s death, the police refused to take cognizance, prompting his father Farooq Ahmad to file a complaint through his counsel advocate Aijaz Ahmad Dar before the CJM on February 15, 2010, seeking directions to police to register an FIR against the accused. The complaint was referred by the court to the IGP who reported back on February 20, 2010 that the matter was already under investigation in FIR 12/2010 under Sections 307, 148, 149, 336, 353 RPC at police station Nowhatta.
According to the CJM, the facts unravelled in the FIR revealed that some “miscreants had tried to set ablaze a police vehicle” amid heavy stone pelting and the police had to resort to smoke shelling. Later on, it was found that one boy Wamiq Farooq received injuries and succumbed to his wounds at SKIMS, Soura here.
Subsequently, the CJM on May 11, 2010 ordered a detailed investigation by Judicial Magistrate (Passenger Tax & Electricity Srinagar). The Magistrate submitted his inquiry report on November 26, 2010.
The CJM, however, on February 5, 2011 directed the IGP Kashmir to constitute a SIT to be headed by an officer not below the rank of SP.
The police, however, challenged the order by filing a revision petition in Principal and Sessions Court and the High Court. However, both Sessions as well as High Court upheld the orders by the CJM, and SIT was constituted which submitted its report on April 24 last year.
In its report, the SIT, the CJM had observed, does not rule out the possible cause of Wamiq’s death due to tear gas shell, apart from other reason being fall from the Gani Memorial Stadium wall.
The CJM also found that there was nothing on record from medical evidence which would completely rule out the possibility of death of the boy due to hitting of tear smoke shell.
Subsequently, the court issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Assistant Sub-Inspector Abdul Khaliq and a Special Police Officer (SPO), Mohammad Akram after prima-facie finding the duo guilt of “culpable homicide not amounting to murder.”
The ASI has challenged the proceedings before High Court and the case is likely to come for hearing later this week.