J&K Custodial Death: 3 Cops Suspended1 August 2011
Times of India
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday appointed a commission headed by deputy commissioner Baramulla to probe the death of 28-year-old Nazim Rashid in police custody on Saturday night in Sopore, an official statement said. Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday reiterated his commitment to identify the culprits and provide justice to the victim's family. Omar, who was talking to reporters on the sideline of a function at Sher-e-Kashmir international convention centre, said: 'We are not interested in covering up or protecting anyone.' Nazim Rashid, son of a retired police inspector Abdul Rashid Shalla, was picked up by the special operations group of police on Saturday evening and he died during interrogation. The police said that Rashid was required in the case of the killing of a labourer Mohammad Ashraf, who was gunned down by unidentified men last week. According to an official statement, sub-inspector Dilbagh Singh and two constables were placed under suspension on Sunday and deputy superintendent police (Operations) Sopore, Ashiq Hussian Tak was shifted from his post Farooq Ahmad Shalla, Rashid's uncle said that the body had torture marks and it was swollen. 'Rashid was running a grocery shop in the town and had no connection with militancy and the killing of Mohammad Ashraf,' Ahmad said. Restrictions were in place in Sopore on Monday and that prevented separatist as well as mainstream leaders to visit the aggrieved family.