People Beeline To Claim Slain Youth12 August 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: There has been no let up in number of the families, who have started pouring in now to claim that an insane youth, who was killed in a fake encounter by a Special Police Officer (SPO) and a Territorial Army (TA) jawan at Hari, Surankote in Poonch district on the intervening night of August 6 and 7, was their kin. After Issaq Mohammad of Saj, Thanna Mandi yesterday, it was the turn of Mohammad Din of village Jaanu, Udhampur to claim the insane youth as his son. Police said they have received more telephonic calls from different places with people wanting to see photograph of the mentally deranged youth claiming that he was their kin. Though the youth had been moving from one place to another at Gujjar Mandi in Rajouri for past several months in search of food, for which even his life was lost, no one bothered to claim him but since now a lot of compensation is at the stake for his fake encounter, there has been a beeline of the people to claim him as their kin. SSP Poonch Ashkoor Wani told the Excelsior that after Issaq Mohammad of Saj, Thanna Mandi, who approached police yesterday without any evidence to claim that the unidentified youth was his son, another civilian Mohammad Din of village Jaanu, Udhampur, turned up in Poonch today to claim that the boy killed in fake encounter was his son. Mohammad Din too had no evidence with him, Mr Wani said. 'However, we are taking no chances. We have taken DNA samples of Issaq Mohammad as well as Mohammad Din and would be sending them to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Chandigarh tomorrow along with DNA sample of the slain youth for cross-matching. The boy would be considered kin of only that civilian, whose DNA samples matched in the FSL’’, the SSP Poonch said. The Special Investigating Team (SIT) headed by Additional SP Poonch Yougal Manhas, which has been investigating the case of fake encounter, has also received call from different places with people either wanting to see body of the youth or photographs to identify him. Police in Poonch and Surankote were daily getting calls to claim the body, sources said, adding police have decided that all those approaching them would be asked to give samples for DNA tests. Only the person, whose DNA samples matched with the insane boy, would be treated as his father, they said. Parents of the boy killed in the fake encounter by SPO Noor Hussain and TA jawan Abdul Majeed for the sake of promotion and cash rewards could get a handsome compensation from the Government. Sources said the blood samples of two families are being sent to FSL Chandigarh for DNA profiling tomorrow morning while other samples would be sent as and when the families approached the police. It may be mentioned here that the SPO and the TA jawan, who were facing murder charges for the fake encounter, had lured the insane youth on the pretext of providing him good food. After picking him up from Gujjar Mandi, Rajouri, the boy was first kept at Krishna Hotel in Rajouri and given good food. Later, he was kept in the house of Abdul Rehman at Sangla and then taken to Hari forests before being killed in a staged encounter. Meanwhile, police today recorded statements of two persons before the court under Section 164-A CrPC. Vicky Kumar, an employee of Hotel Krishna, Rajouri deposed before the court that he was a witness to the SPO and the TA jawan keeping the insane youth in a room of the hotel. Another civilian, Mohammad Rezwan of Surankote has also recorded his statement before the court that he had witnessed the SPO and the jawan with the insane youth when he was being taken to Hari forests. Police said a total of 11 items including two AK rifles, one pistol, blood stain clothes, a diary written by the TA jawan and the SPO, which was kept along the body of the insane youth in which his name had been mentioned as LeT district commander Abu Usmaan of Gujranwalla, Pakistan, have been sealed in the presence of a Magistrate and sent to FSL Jammu for forensic examination. The AK rifles had been used in killing the youth while the pistol had been kept near his body to show him as a militant. Meanwhile, police remand of both the accused was today extended by the court.