Civilian death in J&K was a fake encounter
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Civilian death in J&K was a fake encounter

The cop held for planning the killing, had taken Rs 75,000 from the slain Abdul Rahman Paddar, reports Rashid Ahmad.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 21:19 IST

The civilian killed by the members of SOG in a 'fake' encounter in Ganderbal bears the hallmark of a contract killing. The policeman, Farooq Ahmad Paddar, held for planning the killing, had allegedly taken Rs75,000 from the slain Abdul Rahman Paddar for getting a job for him in the Public Health Engineering Department.

But instead of helping him in getting the job, the constable allegedly got him killed in a staged encounter. He is alleged to have paid a portion of money to ASI Farooq Ahmad posted at Police Chowki Shaadipora for stage-managing encounter. Both ASI and the constable have been taken into custody.

The bullets scarred the face of Rahman beyond recognition, and he was easily projected as a Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Abu Hafiz, a resident of Multan Pakistan. One AK rifle, three magazines, 30 rounds and one wireless set was stated to have been recovered from the LET commander.

Senior police officers appeared in a hurry to reward with Rs.1,20,000 to the SOG men responsible for 'gunning down the top terrorist'.

The shattered and shocked family of the slain villager—wife, five children (four daughters and son), sister, father and mother, had only tears to shed before the media persons while narrating their the fateful end of their only breadwinner.
"Public Health Engineering Department (PHE) is constructing a water tank in our village. Farooq Ahmad (policeman involved in the killing), who is our relative and neighbour, promised my brother (Abdul Rahman) to help him in getting a job for him in the PHE department and demanded Rs75,000 in return. We paid him money in March, last year”, said Kulsooma sister of the slain villager, “voh jab say kah raha tha ki mein ne baat ki hai, jald hi order millay ga”, she said.

Rahman’s wife Muneera said that on December 8, her husband got a telephone call from Farooq Ahmad and asked him to meet him immediately in Srinagar. He was accompanied by another villager Ahmadullah Wani, who along with rahman was working as carpenter in Batamaloo.

“Farooq met them at Batamaloo. He then asked my husband to accompany him. After five days Ahmadullah telephoned us that my husband did not turn up for work”.

“We rushed to Srinagar and met Farooq Ahmad. He promised us to help them in tracing out my husband. We lodged FIR in Police Station Batamaloo and visited SOG camps at Handwara,, Kupwara, Humhama. Farooq Ahmad also accompanied us in this search”, she said.

"When we asked him to accompany us to Ganderbal for the identification of the 'terrorist' killed on December 8, the day my husband had left from home, he refused saying that area is terrorist-infested. I am associated with the SOG. Terrorists will kill me," Muneera said.The family suspects that the constable got Rahman killed for grabbing the money, they had paid him.

Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the Pratap Park Press enclave when the slain villager’s family was narrating the timeline of the death of their only sustainer. The eldest daughter of the 36-year slain villager is 10 years old while the youngest daughter is five months old.

“Hamari dunya hi lutt gai. Hum kiss ke saharay ab jiyien ge” (We have been destroyed and demolished. How would we live on now”, said Paddar’s aged father, Ghulam Rasool Paddar.

"Inquiry has been ordered into the killing. We are looking into all aspects of the case," said a senior police officer. “We have already taken the policemen into custody, and have attached SP and DSP with Deputy Inspector General (DIG) office”, he said.

The slain carpenter’s body is being exhumed on Tuesday for conducting DNA test.

Meanwhile hundreds of residents in Kokernag held protest demonstrations against the killing of the carpenter.

First Published: Jan 29, 2007 21:19 IST