Fake J&K enounters case: Top cops held
The SP and DSP are accused of killing civilians and projecting them as Pak terrorists, reports Rashid Ahmad.Updated: Feb 03, 2007 19:17 IST
Two senior police officers were arrested in Srinagar Saturday for their alleged role in killings of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir.
HR Parihar, former Ganderbal Senior Superintendent of Police and Bahadur Ram, former Ganderbal Deputy Superintendent of Police, were allegedly involved in killing civilians in fake encounters and projecting them as Pakistani terrorists.
The two officials were removed from their place of posting Ganderbal, last week and attached with Inspector General’s Office. A senior police officer said that the movement of the two officers was strictly restricted to prevent them from tampering with evidence and were lodged in 8-IRP headquarters at Humhama.
“Today they have been taken under formally custody”, said the officer.
Four cases of “fake” encounter killings have emerged in the past one week in Ganderbal area, which was under the jurisdiction of the two officers. Police have exhumed bodies of all the four civilians from graveyards in Sumbal, Saloora, Ajas and Bazipora. Even as the slain persons have been identified by their relatives, and bodies have been handed over their relatives for burial, forensic experts have collected samples from the slain persons and their relatives to confirm the identity.
The body of one of the victims, Abdul Rahman Paddar of Larnoo Kokernag, was dug out from a graveyard in Sumbal on Thursday. Another body of one Nazir Ahmad Deka was exhumed at Saloora on Friday. Two more bodies were dug out from Ajas and Bazipora in the same area today. The bodies exhumed today are stated to be one Ghulam Nabbi Wani of Kokernag and Shoukat Ahmad Kataria of Banihal.
Sources said that constable Farooq Ahmad Paddar, a key conspirator in the killings, and Sub-Inspector Farooq Ahmad Guddoo, incharge of Shaipora Police Chowki, told their interrogators that the killings were carried in full knowledge of the two officers.
First Published: Feb 03, 2007 13:16 IST