Handwara Killing: District Magistrate calls witnesses

Kupwara: The additional district commissioner Kupwara has called witnesses in the case of murder of a youth in Handwara who had gone missing from his home on 21 August.
Manzoor Ahmad Pir, the magistrate investigating the case of Shahid Bashir Mir, told Kashmir Reader that he has issued a notice asking people who witnessed to events which led to the disappearance of the slain student.
On August 22, a day after Shabir went missing from home, Indian army soldiers had claimed that they killed a militant in Handwara forests. The slain later turned out to be Shahid Bashir Mir, a person with no militant records.
Massive protests erupted in Daril, Tarathpora, Shahid’s native village, some 23 km from Handwara town, against the “staged encounter” by the army. Shahid’s father, Bashir Ahmad Mir, is a carpenter and Shahid the eldest among six siblings – four daughters and two son, the youngest being a 4th standard student.
“I will visit Shahid’s family next week,” District Magistrate Pir said. “And I will record statements of all the witnesses whoever come forward and whoever is blamed by the family for the killing will be investigated – be it army or police.”
In the notice, 12DMV/Adm/2017 dated 24-08-2017, issued by the Kupwara district administration on September 08, the magistrate has asked the witnesses to record their statements in his office anytime up to 17th September.
Police have already given a clean chit to Shahid’s family that he was not a militant. His track record is clean.
The magistrate had said that “to get any ex-gratia (monetary assistance from the government), the next of kin must have a No-Objection Certificate (NoC) from police as well as army”.
“We are processing that case as well,” he said.
An FIR 83/ 2017 was registered on August 24 at police station Wilgam over the incident. “The FIR states that an army (patrol) was attacked by militants and the soldiers retaliated,” a police official said.