SP, DySP, SHO among five suspended

22 June 2009
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: A day after Justice Jan Commission submitted its interim report, the State Government today suspended four police officials, including the then Superintendent of Police Javid Iqbal Mattoo, and a Scientific Officer of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for lapses in the conduct of rape and murder cases of two women in Shopian district last month. 'On the basis of interim report submitted by Justice (retired) Muzaffar Jan Commission, the Government today placed under suspension five officials with immediate effect,' an official spokesman said. Besides Mattoo, Deputy Superintendent of Police Rohit Baskotra, Station House Officer Shopian Inspector Shafiq Ahmad, Sub-Inspector Gazi Abdul Karim, and Javaid Iqbal Hafiz, Scientific Officer at FSL have been suspended under separate orders issued by the Home department, the spokesman said. As per the orders issued by the Home Department, the Government has accepted the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry and the police officials including the then SP, DySP, Inspector and Sub-Inspector were placed under suspension for not complying with the statutory provisions of the CrPC and mandatory provisions of the police rules and other relevant rules to the investigation of criminal cases. The Commission had also recommended departmental inquiry to be held against the four police officials. The Government appointed Inspector General of Police (CID) to probe into the lapses pointed out by the Commission committed by these officials. In case of Javid Iqbal Hafiz, the Scientific Officer of the FSL, the Commission had recommended 'prosecution for suppression of essential evidence, which has obstructed the investigation'. The Commission has also said that 'other suitable punishment could also be awarded' to Hafiz. All the five suspended officials have been attached with the Zonal Police Headquarter Kashmir till the conclusion of the departmental inquiry against them. Justice Jan Commission, probing the rape and murder of two women in Shopian district last month, submitted its interim report to the State Government yesterday in which it had recommended action under rules against some officials of the civil administration, police department and medical officers in the district and FSL for their conduct of the case which led to loss of evidence. The report had indicted the police officials for their failure to follow due procedure in investigating the case when it came to light with the recovery of bodies of Neelofar Jan and her 18-year-old sister-in-law Asiya Jan on May 30. The Commission was of the opinion that the lapses on part of these officials had led to destruction of vital evidences in the case. The Government transferred the Deputy Commissioner Shopian within three days of the incident while a week later SP was also transferred but latter's new posting as SP Ramban has led to criticism of the Government that the police officer has been rewarded instead of being punished. Kashmir valley erupted into spontaneous protests following the rape and murder of the two women. The Police and civil administration initially tried to pass the incident off as death due to drowning. Based on the feed back given by the officials, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, while announcing the judicial probe, had said initial investigations pointed towards death due to drowning. However, post mortem report and FSL report later ruled out death due to drowning and the Chief Minister, in interviews to some national newspapers, has admitted that the case was not handled properly. While Shopian town is on an indefinite strike till the culprits behind the heinous crime are arrested, the Valley is also in agitational mode with hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference issuing programmes of protest for various sections of the society. google_protectAndRun('ads_core.google_render_ad', google_handleError, google_render_ad);