J&K govt orders magisterial probe in student`s suicide case
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government has
ordered a magisterial probe into the death of a college
student who committed suicide after being questioned by police
in Doda district of the state.
"We have ordered a magisterial probe into the suicide
of a college student. Tehsildar, Doda, has been appointed as
officer to conduct the probe," Deputy Commissioner, Doda,
Farooq Ahmed said.
"The probe should be completed and the report submitted
to me in the shortest possible time," he directed.
Rashida Bano, a B.Ed student, jumped into the Chenab
river after being questioned by the police for sitting `in
suspicious circumstances` at a local tea stall at Pul-Doda on
the evening of May 29.
Bano was having tea with her college mate Najab Din at
the roadside eatery on the bank of Chenab in Pul Doda town,
about 165 km from here, when the incident took place.
A police party led by Mumtaz Hussain, incharge of a
police post, went to the tea stall after finding that a boy
and girl had been sitting there for three hours and questioned
them. Later, the policeman spoke to girl`s father over the
phone and asked him to take his daughter with him.
The girl suddenly came out of tea stall and jumped into
the river. The strong currents in the river washed her away.
Later, her father Abdul Rafeeq who arrived at the spot late in
the night alleged harassment by the police as the reason for
the death of his daughter.
The police man was later suspended for negligence on duty
and a case registered on a written complaint of the father.
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