HC directs DGP to constitute SIT

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 15: In a petition filed by mother of a missing BSF man, High Court today directed Director General of J&K Police to constitute a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to trace out her son, who has been missing for the last one year.
Taking serious note of the investigations, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed the DGP to constitute a SIT within a week, comprising of officers of police not below the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police/Superintendent of Police and Deputy Superintendent of Police. The SIT shall be monitored and supervised by the Inspector General of Police, Jammu.
Justice Magrey further directed that after constitution of the SIT, IGP Jammu, shall take all effective steps to ensure locating the missing son of the petitioner by putting all apparatus available with the system. HC also directed DGP West Bengal to cooperate as and when asked by the SIT, which shall file status report after four weeks.
In the petition, filed by mother of Vishal Sharma- serving in BSF and presently posted in 113 Battalion, Mahatpur, District Nadia, West Bengal, it has submitted that her husband died on March 14, 2018 and the same was informed to her son who had telephonically assured the petitioner that he would try to get the leave in order to attend the last rites of his father. However, the son did not reach home and his mobile phone number was switched off till date which forced the petitioner to contact the BSF authorities who reiterated that “Regt No.111221642 Constable/GD Vishal Sharma, ‘D’ Coy of 113 Battalion was granted 30- days leave with effect from 15.03.2018 to 13.04.2018 and left the HQ on 14.03.2018.
As the BSF Jawan neither reached home nor resumed his duties, his mother approached the Police and finally to the Court of Munsiff Jammu, which directed to Police for lodging the missing report. But the Police did not lodge the report and hence the present writ petition was filed.
The High Court observed that this is a matter which concerns the valued life of son of the petitioner, who is reported missing. “The Court feels it necessary to pass effective directions to ensure adherence to the guaranteed rights of the petitioner for least knowing the progress of the investigation by the Union Territory of J&K as well as Union of India,” said Justice Magrey and directed DGP to constitute a SIT.