Srinagar: Family members of a power employee, who was found dead a day after BSF picked him up near his home in 1994, have been shocked to find that police have not even filed an FIR, not to speak of arresting the killers.
In June 1994, deceased Nazir Ahmad Lone of Kansipora, Baramulla, was picked up by Chandsooma-based 65 battalion BSF party led by their officer Arvinder Singh.
Lone’s son Tajamul Islam, who was a class 3 student then, said his father had been picked up a short distance away from his home by the BSF personnel and held at the camp, which was 3km from their home.
The same day, Lone’s family had sought a meeting with him at the camp, but were denied by the BSF.
“His body was found the next day in the nursery of social forestry department at Juhama, which is in the neighbourhood,” he told Kashmir Reader.
Police admits BSF picked him up, had conducted autopsy and filed a form attesting to murder but never registered a case; cops had also testified that deceased had no militant links
His father’s body bore marks of torture and bullets, he said.
Subsequently, autopsy was performed on his body, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Reader, and the police station Baramulla handed over his body to the family.
The police, however, did not file FIR though it filed “Form Mazroobi” in its records, a requirement when someone is murdered.
Early this year, when Tajamul sought a copy of FIR in his father’s murder, he learnt no case stands registered with the police.
Later, he approached north Kashmir’s former deputy inspector general of police Gareeb Das, who sought the records from police station Baramulla.
But the Station House Officer of police station Baramulla in his reply, a copy of which is with this newspaper said, the deceased was not involved in any “subversive activities” and was “arrested by the 65 BN BSF on 22 June, 1994 and his body was recovered on June 23, 1994”.
But no FIR has been registered in the case, the SHO said .
Two-months ago, the DIG in a letter to senior superintendent of police of the district said the deceased had an “unnatural death”, yet police has not taken cognizance. He had ordered an inquiry to be completed within 15 days.
“The photostat copies of post mortem report, no involvement certificate and Form Mazroobi in respect of the deceased person indicates suspicious and flimsy situation. It is not clear in what respect police filed form Mazroobi, issued non-involvement certificate and conducted post-mortem,” it said, adding “the matter is of great concern indicating there are lapses on part of then SHO Baramulla”.
However, Tajamul said, despite these candid admissions the police have not registered an FIR.
“No compensation can compensate the loss of my father. I want my father’s killers booked and charged with murder,” he said.
“The first step in seeking justice is an FIR,” he added.