Probe ordered into custodial death

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Mar 24: The State Government today ordered magisterial inquiry into the custodial death of a Sopore youth who was detained under Public Safety Act (PSA).

District Magistrate, Kupwara, Mohammad Shafi Rather has appointed Additional District Magistrate, Kupwara as Inquiry Officer to inquest into the circumstances of the death of Sajad Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Nabi Dar of Sangrampora, Sopore in North Kashmir district of Baramulla.

Dar was lodged in District Jail Kupwara under PSA and died at SKIMS Srinagar after being referred from District Jail Kupwara for treatment during intervening night of March 21 and 22.

The Additional District Magistrate has been asked to submit his report into the matter within 15 days.

Shops and other business establishments remained closed in protest against Sajjad Ahmad's death for second day running.

Security forces were heavily deployed in the sensitive areas of the town to prevent any trouble in restive Sopore.

Ahmad was booked under PSA in January for his alleged involvement in supply of SIM cards to militants.

Sajjad's family alleged that he was denied timely medical care during his detention. They said that he was complaining headache for past one and a half month and was not given proper medicare despite repeated requests of the family.

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