The superintendent of police of Sopore district in north Kashmir, Altaf Khan, was on Tuesday transferred in the wake of the death of a man allegedly in police custody on Sunday.
The decision was taken to “ensure fair and impartial investigation”, an official spokesman said after a meeting chaired by minister of state for home Nasir Aslam Wani to review the progress of the probe into the death of Nazim Rashid,28.
The deputy inspector general of police, north Kashmir Range, Muneer Ahmad Khan would be the overall in-charge of the ongoing investigation, the spokesman added.
Sopore, 55 km north of Srinagar, has erupted in protest after Rashid’s death, and observed a shutdown for the third day.
A group of PDP legislators who reached the area to express solidarity with Rashid’s family bore the brunt of locals’ fury over administrative failure to bring his killers to justice.
A mob threw stones at the motorcade of 18 MLAs of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The leaders, escorted by police personnel, had reached Krankshivan village around 2pm to meet Rashid’s family.
The police fired in the air to disperse the stone throwers. The PDP leaders escaped unhurt.
Police had picked up Rashid, son of a retired police officer, on July 30 in connection with the killing of Ashraf Dar, a labourer. PDP leader Iftikhar Ansari said, “There is a genuine anger among people against the government.
They attacked us because we were accompanied by police officers involved in the killing. This protest was against the misdeeds of the government.”
PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar said, “It’s not difficult to identify those who killed this boy. Probes are nothing but ritual of this government.”
(With PTI inputs)