Angry residents of Srinagar’s Chanapora locality took to streets on Wednesday after the death of a Kashmiri youth in Delhi. Relatives of Irshad Ahmad Lone, an automobile engineer, alleged that he was killed in police custody.
According to Lone’s father Ali Mohammad, his son had left for Delhi on September 21 for a job in Gurgaon. “He told me that he would stay in Delhi for few more days to try his luck.”
“On October 8, we got a phone call from a man who identified himself as ASI Ram Ji Lal of ISBT Chowki. He told us that the police found Irshad in an unconscious state near the national highway and has been admitted to a hospital, ” Ali said.
When Irshad’s brother Tariq Ahmed reached Sushruta Trauma Centre in Delhi, he was shocked.
“Irshad was in coma and there were torture marks and knife cuts all over his body,” Tariq said.
Police, Tariq alleged, had no clue how he got the injuries. Irshad’s father alleged that his son had died in police custody. He demanded an independent probe. His body is being sent to Srinagar for burial.
“We had initially registered a case of attempt to murder. After the victim’s death we have changed it to a case of murder and are conducting relevant investigations,” said Sunil Garg, DCP (North).
Irshad’s elder brother Ashfaq has reportedly moved an application to the police, claiming that his brother was tortured to death. In the application, he has mentioned that Irshad’s body had turned blue and there were burn marks.
A complete shutdown was observed in Chanapora locality where tension ran high as residents assembled in a large number protesting the alleged killing. Order was restored after police burst teargas shells. Several separatist leaders, including Democratic Freedom Party president Shabir Ahmad Shah, visited Irshad's house.