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Omar gets clean chit in worker's custody death case

As a major relief for the ruling national conference, the magisterial probe ordered into the death of National Conference worker Haji Syed Yousuf has concluded that 'he died a natural death' and there was nothing mysterious in it.

india Updated: May 01, 2012 01:19 IST
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As a major relief for the ruling national conference, the magisterial probe ordered into the death of National Conference worker Haji Syed Yousuf has concluded that 'he died a natural death' and there was nothing mysterious in it.

The 41 page inquiry report has held "nobody responsible" for Yusuf’s death giving a clean chit to chief minister Omar Abdullah and his personnel staff.

The report stated that Yusuf had died due to "cardiovascular arrest without any external/physical assault, force, injury or mischief upon his body or due to negligence of any authority". The report said conclusion was reached after examining 57 witnesses.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/01-05-pg-10c.jpg

The report was submitted to the government on February 2, 2012. The government had ordered magisterial inquiry in Yousuf’s death on September 30 last year.

Yusuf, a national conference activist allegedly died in custody after being handed over to the crime branch from the chief minister's residence. Abdullah had called Yusuf and two other NC workers who had claimed Yusuf had asked for money for ensuring a "ticket for elections as well as a cabinet berth".

The case received widespread publicity after family alleged torture at CM's residence. The magisterial probe was ordered immediately after the allegations. The family however had rejected probe headed by any government official forcing government to setup an independent commision to investigate the matter. The commission headed by a former judge is yet to submit its report.

Exonerating the chief minister of any role in Yousuf’s death, the report states, “Any kind of misbehaviour/torture is a distant dream, as during the stay at honourable chief minister's (HCM’S) camp office, the deceased was not alone for a single minute and during that time the CM was having various engagements with different persons from BBC crew to heads of civil society."

“They would have found some foul as the meeting hall (where the CM met Yousuf) is a small one and has adjoining waiting room where other persons wait for their turn to meet the CM. Besides, the hall and the waiting room have common entrance through verandah.”

The report also says that Yusuf was with the CM for just `10 minutes’.

The report also exonerates the crime branch officials.

“It can be safely said there was no medical negligence as he was given all possible treatment and his death cannot be attributed to any negligence or lapse.”

“At the police hospital on the morning of September 30, the deceased was even walking as he was normal,’’ the report says.