Srinagar: A magisterial inquiry into the
death of a National Conference activist Haji Syed Yusuf while
in police custody has begun amid a raging controversy into
which state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has been dragged.
Additional District Magistrate Mohammed Akbar had begun
the inquiry into the death of Yusuf on September 30 itself as
it is mandatory under Section 176 Criminal Procedure Code to
hold a magisterial inquiry into any death in police custody.
Official sources said a final autopsy report of Yusuf was
expected to be received soon from the Principal of Government
Medical College which was conducting other tests including of
Preliminary postmortem report had said that Yusuf had
suffered cardio-respiratory arrest and that he had no external
injuries to suggest any torture as claimed by the family.
The board of doctors in their preliminary postmortem
report have certified that no external injuries were found on
the body of deceased. This report had been submitted to Akbar,
who would be giving his opinion after receiving the final
The magisterial inquiry may shape the future course of
action to decide whether the death was natural or whether it
needed any further probe, the sources said.
All relevant documents including the videography of
postmortem had been submitted to the Magistrate including the
ECG report conducted on Yusuf at 8.23 pm on September 29.
Omar has also ordered a judicial inquiry by a sitting
Judge if the High Court and he has said that all facts will be
placed before it.
The Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police registered
an FIR under Section 420 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) at 10
pm on September 29.