SRINAGAR: The Forest Magistrate Srinagar has issued a second show-cause notice to District Magistrate Srinagar, asking him to explain why action under law should not be initiated against him for failing to produce case diary in the Mohammad Yaseen Sheikh drowning case of last year.
On June 19, 2018, the court had directed the District Magistrate Srinagar to produce the case diary with regard to the death of Muhammad Yaseen Sheikh who drowned in the Jhelum flood channel at Alochi Bagh Srinagar after he was allegedly chased by policemen.
The court’s earlier show-cause notice to District Magistrate Srinagar read: “Despite serving of notice you didn’t submit the requisite record and vide order dated 10 July 2018 notice was issued to you asking to explain as to why you may not be proceeded against for wilful disobedience of the order passed by this court. But again neither record nor any response on your behalf was submitted.”
Now a second show-cause notice has been issued by the court to District Magistrate Srinagar that reads: “You are once again called upon through this notice to show cause as to why you may not be proceeded against for having flouted and violated the directions of the court, failing which appropriate proceedings as warranted under law shall be initiated against you.”
The court forwarded this notice to Inspector General of Police Kashmir for serving it upon District Magistrate Srinagar with a copy sent to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir for information.
Counsel for the petitioner, Advocate Marouf Khan, today submitted before the court that the case diary had not been produced before court as yet. Advocate Khan said that “Yaseen Sheikh was murdered by the accused before witnesses after he resisted the act of cops who wanted to take away his money and memory chip on 24 June last year.”
“We are satisfied with the court order as the court has watched this case seriously and we hope that the court delivers justice to the victim’s family,” he added.
Mohammad Yaseen Sheikh, 27, son of Abdul Jabber Sheikh who filed the instant petition in court, drowned in the Jhelum river on June 24, 2017. He was returning home with a friend when the duo was stopped by police, who asked them to come with them to Police Station Shergari. At this, both of them ran away, following which the police chased them. The victim jumped into the flood spill channel at Alochi Bagh to save himself, but instead drowned in the water.
The police allegedly caught hold of his friend, an eyewitness in the case, and didn’t allow him to move despite the victim’s cries for help.
The victim’s father has also alleged that the Station House Officer (SHO) of police station Shergari threatened to kill him and his family members if he pursued the case against police.
The father had sought directions from the court to police for registration of an FIR against Mudasir, Adil and Zahid, the special police officers (SPOs) posted at police station Shergari.