Supreme Court issues notice to Centre, J-K govt over cop’s disappearance

Almost four weeks after a Jammu and Kashmir policeman posted in Srinagar went missing, an activist has petitioned the Supreme Court for CBI probe into his disappearance.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2017 22:23 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A Delhi-based social activist has moved the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the disappearance of a Jammu and Kashmir policeman who has been missing since May 14.(HT PHOTO)

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre and the Jammu Kashmir government on a petition seeking a CBI probe into the mysterious disappearance of a J and K police constable who was posted at Shergarhi police station, Srinagar.

Filed by a Delhi-based social activist, the petition suspects the involvement of the victim, Sameer Bhat’s colleague and close friend – Ejaz Ahmed in his disappearance. The two were together before Bhat went missing May14. According to the petition Bhat and Ahmed had driven to Kupwara to drop the former’s uncle – also a police constable – who had to join his new posting.

The two had left Kupwara at 1:30 pm after which Bhat was untraceable. Although a criminal case has been lodged and investigation had begun, Bhat’s family is not satisfied with the probe. The petitioner, who said he is in touch with the family, has mentioned in the petition that Ejaz has changed his version thrice.

Ejaz first allegedly tried to mislead Bhat’s father who spoke to him on May 16, two days after he failed to contact his son over the phone which was switched off. Ejaz reportedly told him that Bhat had left for Jammu.

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On his interrogation, Ejaz came out with yet another version that on their way back Bhat got down at a place called Yunis and that he was drunk and jumped into Pohru rivulet, the petition read.

Later in the probe Eijaz floated another story and claimed he killed his friend but did not divulge as to how and where he committed the murder and disposed of the body.

On June 1, DIG Police, Srinagar, addressed a press meet and claimed Ejaz had disclosed the details of the murder, saying he killed Bhat because he had sexually assaulted him. The dead body was thrown in Pohru Nalla at Kulturu near Village Yunis.

The petitioner, however, disputes the police version and believes Bhat has been kidnapped. Demanding a probe either by the CBI or NIA, the petitioner said the dead body is yet to be recovered and in the absence once it cannot be conclusively said that Bhat has been murdered.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 22:21 IST