Bandipora: A subordinate court on Wednesday concluded recording arguments in the alleged custodial killing of 21-year-old Zahoor Ahmad Sofi, picked up by police from Brar village and subsequently killed in the SOG camp Kaloosa, Bandipora on September 3, 2006. He was in custody for 13 days. Sofi was a class IV employee of a B Ed college who was picked up from his home in front of his parents and relatives by an SOG party.
Dr Qazi Haroon, who was part of the team of doctors who conducted postmortem on Sofi’s body, deposed that severe physical torture had resulted into his death.
Haroon said that uniformed men had brought the same man to the casualty of the hospital for checkup. That time Sofi complained of chest pain. He said the next day Sofi’s body was brought to the hospital by the SHO Bandipora and on postmortem marks of violence were found, ranging from bruises to burns on body. “Sofi had suffered three internal injuries, ruptured left kidney and hemorrhaged right kidney,” the doctor told the court adding the possible cause of death was blunt trauma left kidney leading to its rupture followed by haemo peritonitis, hypovolemic shock and cardiopulmonary arrest.
Public prosecutor Shafeeq Ahmad Bhat assisted by senior advocate Shuaib Ahmad opened the charges against the defence council on May 15. The prosecution arguments ran for three consecutive days and concluded on Wednesday. Disclosure statement of the accused (No. 1) considered as the most important was that of Farooq Ahmad Dar SPO (now deceased). The statement was read out in the court.
The defence council instead of arguing the case sought order on the bail application, which was turned down by the court. The court passed that the order on bail application will be only passed after the arguments from defence counsel, Malik Mushtaq is heard and charges are decided.
The prosecution also prayed that accused persons who are facing trial be charged for commission of offences under section 364, 302, 343, 468, 471, 201, 34, 109 RPC, and 120-B RPC and MR. Tahir Gelani then in-charge of SOG camp Kaloosa, be summoned and arrayed as an accused in the case FIR NO. 125/2007 and be charged for the commission of offences under sections 364, 302, 343, 468, 471, 201, 34, 109RPC, and 120-B RPC, along with other accused, for the same would be in consonance with law and justice.
In April last year, the crime branch in its final charge-sheet in case FIR No 125/2007 police station Bandipora, had indicted two police officers, Sub Inspector Abdul Aziz Thakur alias Aziz Killer, Sub Inspector Bashir Ahmad Kahn, Selection grade Akhter Hussain Mir and Late Farooq Ahmad Dar the main accused in this case. The accused are presently lodged in central jail Baramulla.