SRINAGAR: After 15 years, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have lodged an FIR into the killing of Abdul Hameed Ganai, a resident of Preng in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir, once dubbed a militant although proven in the course of investigations to have been a civilian.
The police have also sought the details of some CRPF officials, now retired, for examination and corroborating evidence to prove that Ganai’s death was a custodial killing.
In a fresh reply, the state police submitted a report before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to a petition filed by Chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in 2013 in case number SHRC/96/KGN/2013.
It was submitted that the report has been sought from the concerned SHO which reveals that Police Station Kangan received a letter from DPO Ganderbal, along with enclosures of Assistant Superintendent of Police, for lodgement of FIR into the custodial killing of one Abdul Hameed Ganai of Preng Kangan, Ganderbal, and accordingly case FIR no 31, 2018 under section 364/302 RPC was registered in Police Station Kangan and investigation taken up.
The reply reads that correspondence has been made with 65 Bn CRPF E Coy seeking particulars of some officials who have proceeded on voluntary retirement and who are examined regarding the alleged incident.
“The report regarding character and antecedents of the deceased regarding his involved or otherwise with militant organisations is yet awaited. The investigations of the case will be brought to the final conclusion soon,” the police reply reads.
Expressing his satisfaction over the lodging of the FIR, the petitioner said that it was better late than never.
“I am hopeful that those security personnel who killed the innocent Ganai in custody are brought to justice. I hope justice is delivered to Ganai’s family,” he said.