Injured Kangan youth succumbs, govt orders magisterial probe

Srinagar: A 22-year-old youth from Kangan who was admitted at SKIMS Soura after being critically injured on Monday evening, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Meanwhile, the government has ordered a Magisterial enquiry into the matter in order to ‘ascertain the circumstances’ that led to his death.

Gowhar Ahmad Rather son of Abdul Rehman Rather from Kangan, who was admitted at SKIMS Soura after he was critically injured on Monday evening, succumbed on Tuesday afternoon, a doctor posted in the SKIMS said.

Though, the Police had said that no firearms were used during the clashes that erupted in the area, and maintained that he fell down and injured himself while police were chasing the protestors.

However, the medical records stated that there were multiple grave injuries in his head with particles of foreign body also penetrating his skull.

The CT scan of Gowhar states that foreign body substances were found in his skull, which had an entry spot as well as an exit spots, causing several deformities in his brain.

“Multiple skull fractures were found with large metal density of foreign body in substance planes of right frontal region,” the report of CT scan performed on his head states, the copy of which is lying with ‘Kashmir Vision’.

“Today on 02-04-2018, a group of miscreants had gathered in Kangan market to pelt stones and disturb law and order in the area. A police party reached the spot. On seeing, the miscreants started running during the course of which a boy Gowhar Ahmad Rather son Abdul Rahman Rather of Kangan fell down and injured his head on the edge of the drain,” a police spokesperson had said about the incident.

Locals in the areas are also alleging that the youth was hit by a bullet during forces’ action at Kangan during the clashes. However, police, so far, have denied the claim.

“Gowhar succumbed today in the afternoon due to serious firearm injury in his head,” a doctor at SKIMS said.

Medical Superintendent Dr Farooq Jan also confirmed the death. However, he did not divulge further details about the cause that led to Gowhar’s death.

Pertinently, soon after his death on Tuesday afternoon, the District Magistrate Ganderbal ordered a Magisterial Enquiry into the matter to be conducted by Additional District Magistrate, Ganderbal.

“Whereas, one person namely Gowhar Ahmad Rather, S/O Abdul Rehman Rather, R/O Kangan was brought to Trauma Hospital Kangar at about 6:25 with head injury, who was further referred to SKIMS Soura after possible first aid,” the order said adding “As per local reports the boy got injured allegedly following the police action while dispersing the agitation youth on April 2.”

While stating that it is important to ascertain the causes that led to his death, the order vide number: 03-DGM of 2018 said “it is imperative to ascertain the cause of death besides other circumstantial conditions leading to such incident in order to serve justice in the matter.”

The enquiry into the matter has been ordered to be conducted by Additional District Magistrate, Ganderbal Syed Shahnawaz Bukhari (KAS).

The enquiry officer has been ordered to submit a detailed enquiry report within the period of 20 days.

“The enquiry officer shall submit a detailed enquiry report as per the Supreme Court and NHRC Guidelines on the subject within 20 days of the issuance of this order,” the order said.

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