Custodial death: Omar assures prompt inquiry

J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the inquiry into the alleged custodial killing of a Sopore youth will be completed "in days" but the government will not act in haste as that can compromise with the case.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Monday said the inquiry into the alleged
custodial killing of a Sopore youth will be completed "in
days" but the government will not act in haste as that can
compromise with the case.

"I want all the facts made available (about the case).
I want this done in days, not weeks or months," Omar told
reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Nazim Rashid, a 28-year-old youth, died in police custody
yesterday at Sopore in Baramulla district, a day after being
detained in connection with the killing of a civilian by
militants earlier in the week.

Omar said action will be taken against the persons who
are guilty and an inquiry has been initiated into the
circumstances leading the death of the youth.

Three policemen, including an officer have been
suspended while a Deputy Superintendent of Police has been
attached pending the outcome of the inquiry.

He said a murder case has already been registered in
connection with the custodial killing.

Asked if any arrests have been made, Omar said, "Give us a
bit of time so that nothing is done in haste that compromises
the case."

The Chief Minister said his government was not
"interested" in covering up the case or protecting anyone.

"We are not interested in covering up or protecting
anyone. Those responsible for the death will be an example of,
so that no one dares to repeat it," he said.

On the progress made in the probe of alleged rape of a
woman in Kulgam district of South Kashmir, he said the
investigations have reached an advanced stage.

"We have got some crucial information which will be
shared with you in a day or two," he said.

A 32-year-old woman had alleged that she was abducted
by two men in uniform from Manzgam area of Kulgam on July 19
and raped before being set free two days later.

PTI

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