Reject bail application of murder accused, Kokernag family appeals court

The family members of slain Abdul Rehman Padroo of South Kashmir’s Kokarnag area of Anantnag district Wednesday staged protests appealing the Court of law not to grant bail to murder accused and former SOG man Farooq Ahmed Padroo.

The family members including the four daughters and lone son of deceased Abdul Rehman Padroo said that their neighbour Farooq Ahmed Padroo is the main accused responsible for killing their loved one and now according to them the accused has moved to court for bail as the marriage of his daughter is scheduled to take place in coming days. “We request to Honorable Court to reject his bail plea as he is the killer of innocent people. All those who were killed by him in fake encounters too had children and families. He doesn’t deserve mercy,” the families of the victims said.

The protesting family that assembled in Press Enclave Srinagar here on Wednesday said that it would be the murder of justice if the accused is granted bail.

Farooq Ahmed Padroo, former SOG member is accused of killing at least five innocent men in fake encounters for rewards and promotions. “Earlier, the accomplices of the killer Padroo used to harass us. They even tried to force us stop fighting the case in the court of law but these cheap tactics strengthened our resolve to seek stringent punishment against the accused,” said one of the protesting family members.

Abdul Rehman Padroo according to his family members was killed in a fake encounter on the outskirts of Ganderbal and later labeled as a militant from Multan-Pakistan affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba. The victim carpenter had went missing from Batmaloo bus stand on December 8, 2006 reportedly after he was taken to Waskoora in Ganderbal district during the night where he was killed allegedly in a fake encounter by the Special Operation Group (SOG) posted in Ganderbal and Sumbal camps.

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