In a significant development, two policemen accused of killing a Class-7 student, Wamiq Farooq, in a police action surrendered before a local court in Srinagar on Tuesday.
The two, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), Abdul Khaliq and constable Muhammad Akram, have been sent to judicial custody by the court of principal district and sessions judge Srinagar.
On November 20, the court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrants against the two cops. These arrest warrants were again issued by the court of forest magistrate, asking the Srinagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) to execute the orders by or before December 1.
In May, the chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Srinagar, had also directed the Srinagar SSP to form two special teams to arrest the duo. However, the order was later challenged by the accused.
Farooq was killed on January 31, 2010 when a teargas shell hit him on the head near Gani Memorial Stadium at Rajouri Kadal in the old part of the city.
More than 100 youth were killed in street protests, which followed his death. While victim’s family had maintained that police recklessly killed him while he was on his way to a tuition centre, the police had said the slain boy was a miscreant and resisted the arrest of accused officers.
A Srinagar sessions court had also directed the two accused cops to appear before the CJM on February 25, police had however failed to execute the arrest warrants.