SRINAGAR: A slain youngster’s family has sought judicial intervention by moving a ‘protest petition’ for independent investigation into the killing. Abdur Rashid, father of Bilal Ahmad Denthoo, one of the first youngsters slain by the government forces during the 2016 public uprising filed the petition before chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Handwara against the police and its investigation in the case.
Rashid has has demanded independent investigation ‘so that culprits be brought to justice and rule of law be upheld.’
In their first efforts, Bilal’s family filed an application before the CJM for an FIR to be registered against police officer and his men. Initially it transferred the case to CJM Kupwara, who after hearing the case eight times, transferred it back to the CJM Handwara.
The family has filed the petition in the backdrop of a police report which the family deems questionable. The family has pointed out that an investigation was initiated in the case but no positive steps were taken by the police to nab the culprits and bring them to justice. “The police have not recorded the statement of any witness so far,” the petition reads.
Bilal, according to police, was killed by unidentified gunmen on July 16. His family contested the police claim and alleged that Bilal was killed by the then top police officer of the district.
Bilal’s family was consoled by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, along with those of two other killed civilians during a meeting held at Dak Bunglow Kupwara in July. Mufti interacted with the family of Bilal for half an hour and promised that “justice would be delivered in three days.” The meeting was also attended by Sajjad Lone, Minister for Social Welfare and MLA of the area.
“The police have not prepared any seizure memo, nor filed any report before the honorable court. The police did not invoke confidence of the complainant, and did not take any step to preserve the evidence whether oral or written. Now more than nine months have passed, and despite the CM’s assurance, justice has not been done. We therefore decided to file the petition,” the counsel of Denthoo family said.