October 1st, 2011
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Custodial death causes chaos

custodial-deathSrinagar: The death of a man in police custody in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district has created trouble among the political circles of Jammu and Kashmir. 55-year-old Syed Mohammad Yousuf, a National Conference worker known to be close to top NC leaders and a resident of Bijbehara in Anantnag, allegedly died in custody of JK police’s Crime Branch in Srinagar on Thursday night.

The opposition is pointing fingers at MoS Home Nasir Aslam Wani. PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beig, however, demanded that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Wani should “step aside” till the inquiry is completed. The relatives of deceased protested demanding that the body be handed over to them and culprits responsible for his death be arrested.

Yusuf’s family have also said that Wani’s house was the last known location of Md Yusuf. The deceased was picked up by Crime Branch sleuths on Thursday after a complaint that a police officer in Chief Minister’s security – Shabir Ahmad – was allegedly involved in taking bribe for favours.

The officer has been shifted from Chief Minister’s security and posted as Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) in Kulgam district of South Kashmir. However, police termed his transfer as a routine matter. The body of the deceased has been taken to police hospital and a medical board will be constituted to conduct a postmortem which will in the inquiry. The state government ordered a probe by a sitting High Court Judge into the circumstances leading to Yusuf’s death.


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