Court reserves verdict on alleged custodial killing of Umar Qayoom

Court reserves verdict on alleged custodial killing of Umar Qayoom
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Srinagar: A court on Tuesday reserved the verdict in the alleged custodial killing of Umar Qayoom, a teenager from Soura, in 2010, and listed the case for August 6.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar will decide on whether to register an FIR for custodial killing in the case.
The counsel for the victim, Babar Qadri, while referring to different Supreme Court judgments, argued that inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC cannot become hurdle in registration of FIR under section 154 CrPC.
He said that inquest proceedings initiated by Police Station Soura were “initiated with malice in order to protect men in uniform who had actually murdered Umar Qayoom”.
Umar’s family alleges that after being picked outside his home, the 11th-class student from Soura area of Srinagar was killed in police custody on August 25, 2010.
For past eight years, the family has been exploring options to get an FIR registered in the case.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar enquired about implications of AFSPA in light of recent judgements in case of Major Aditiya passed in Supreme Court. However, the counsel for victim submitted that the recent judgements cannot affect the instant complaint of Abdul Qayoom Bhat (father of victim) “as CRPF and J&K police don’t fall under the purview of Army Forces Special Power Act”.