Police play foul to save erring cops

Police play foul to save erring cops

Seek compromise over Narbal youth’s murder

Srinagar: The Chief Minister’s promise of zero tolerance on human rights notwithstanding, the police have been accused of playing foul to save the policemen arrested for murder of the Narbal youth.
The brother of slain teenager said Wednesday that police denied the family a copy of the first information report (FIR) and asking them to enter into a compromise.
“We went to the police station Wednesday morning to seek a copy of the FIR that has been filed into the killing of my brother. A senior officer there, not only denied the FIR saying that the copy was with DGP, but also asked us to enter into a compromise,” Ejaz Ahad Sofi, whose younger brother Suhail was shot dead by a police officer on Saturday last, told Kashmir Reader.
The officer, he said, pleaded the case on behalf of the accused policeman saying that he was poor and had “inadvertently” made a mistake.
“I was surprised to hear the argument of the officer. As if my brother was not a human being,” said Sofi, who had gone to the police station along with a National Conference activist Aftab Qureshi, and three others.
He said the officer also questioned the delegation about the sequence of events that happened on Saturday last after offering them refreshments.
“How can my officer shout shoot him when he doesn’t know English,” Sofi quoted the officer as saying to the delegates.
The delegation, he said later visited the office of Tehsilar to seek his intervention for the FIR copy. The revenue official asked them to visit the office of Deputy Commissioner, Budgam in this regard.
Suspecting cover up by police into the “cold murder” of Suhail, his uncle Tariq told Kashmir Reader that the conversation at the police station has made them skeptical about the police investigations.
“It seems police wants to shield the accused officer and make the cop a scapegoat,” he added.
Despite repeated attempts, senior police officials did not entertained phone calls by Kashmir Reader.
When Contacted, Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Mir Altaf said that the family can obtain a copy of FIR from him or the additional deputy commissioner, who has been appointed as the enquiry officer.
“It is not true. Why would police deny a copy of FIR to the family, which I too have. Ask them to collect it from us,” said Altaf, who has visited the family this morning.
He, however, refused to comment on the allegations that the police was trying to scuttle the probe by asking family to make a compromise. “I have no information about it. So, I cannot comment,” he added.
17-year-old Suhail, a class X student at the government boys high school, was shot dead by a police officer on Saturday last when he stepped out of his house to see whether his school was open or not in wake of a shutdown called by Hurriyat Conference (G) against the arrest of senior resistance leader Masrat Alam Bhat.
Suhail’s killing triggered off massive protests in many parts of the Valley prompting the authorities to order a magisterial probe. Police also arrested two of its men, including an officer to cool down rising tempers.