Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has issued a bailable warrant against SP Ganderbal for failing to appear before the commission to explain the custodial killing of one Kangan resident in 2003.
The SHRC in its previous order had directed SP Ganderbal to remain present before commission on February 15 to explain a report filed by him on January 31 which stated that “custodial killing of Abdul Hamid Gani has been established after verification of the case.”
The SHRC is hearing a petition filed by rights activist Ahsan Untoo which alleges that the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Ganderbal on September 11, 2003 had apprehended Abdul Hamid Gani of Preng Kangan and subjected him to physical torture by giving him electric shocks and picking flesh from his body. The victim died in the custody before a false encounter was shown to cover up the case.
After the petition was filed, SHRC had directed the police to reopen the case and investigate it properly.
The police report filed on January 31 before commission said that a case FIR no.143/2003 stands registered in police station Ganderbal after receiving a written complaint from S I Ashok Kumar of police component Ganderbal to the effect that said police station along with 65 Bn CrPf apprehended one suspect Abdul Hamid Gani of Preng Kangan who during interrogation admitted his involvement in subversive activities and affiliation with HM outfit as well admitted that he was a close aide of HM divisional commander Sajad Khan of Gutlibagh. On his confession two hand grenades and four UBGls were recovered from hideout in Gutlibagh. The police party with him went to the said place wherein militants opened fire which was retaliated and 5RR was also called. Heavy gunfight took place in which Abdul Hamid Gani got killed. An FIR was registered and the case was closed.
“After the case was closed, Abdul Rashid Gani brother of the deceased lodged a complaint in PS Kangan alleging that his brother was kidnapped by STF personnel and killed him in fake encounter. Subsequently an FIR no.132/2003 was registered in PS Kangan which was later cancelled and clubbed with FIR no.143/2003 of PS Ganderbal. Executive Magistrate Kangan ordered for fresh investigation in the case. Upon verification, custodial killing of the deceased was established.”
After the Human Rights commission had ordered for re-opening of the case with fresh investigation. The case is under investigation and new witnesses have been recorded.
“Also correspondence has been made with 5RR and 65 Bn crpf to ensure presence of eye witnesses. In reply 5 RR has stated that after carrying detailed check of all records, no details of the subject case are available with the unit. However 65 Bn response is awaited,” the report states.