J&K custodial death: 2 cops sent to police remand

Srinagar: Two policemen, arrested in connection with the custodial death of a youth in Sopore town in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, were on Sunday sent to five-day police remand by a local court.

Judicial magistrate Manzoor Ahmad Khan sent constables Nissar Ahmad and Mohammad Abbas to police remand till August 12 following an application moved by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

The two policemen were arrested by the SIT last evening in connection with the death of 28-year-old Nazim Rashid alias Anjum in police custody on July 31.

The arrested personnel, along with a sub-inspector, had been suspended soon after the death of Rashid.

A resident of Krankshiven locality in Sopore, Rashid died in custody of Special Operations Group (SOG) after he was picked up last week for questioning in a case.

A medical board was constituted by the district magistrate of Baramulla while an autopsy was conducted on the youth's body. A murder case under section 302 of IPC was registered.

This was the first custodial death in Kashmir since 2009.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, while describing the incident as a gross human rights violation, had promised swift action against the guilty.

Omar had said he expected police to set an example of those involved in the death of the youth so that incidents like these do not recur.