Internet snapped in Sopore, after protests broke out over “Custodial Killing”

Internet snapped in Sopore, after protests broke out over “Custodial Killing”

 ‘Protests erupted in Sopore, Kashmir over the alleged custodial death of a shopkeeper’

 ‘Tried Escape, Found Dead” reveals Police Statement’

Srinagar: TheInternet services have been suspended in Sopore in north Kashmir following the death of a shopkeeper namely Irfan Amad Dar in police custody, which led to the protests in the nearby areas of Sopore on Wednesday.

The family has alleged that Irfan Ahmad Dar was tortured to death after he and his brother, Javid Ahmad, were picked up by police from their shop on Tuesday afternoon.

The family also alleged that twenty four years old, Irfan Ahmed Dar was tortured and killed by security forces in their custody.

Soon after the news of Dar’s death spread like wildfire, relatives and neighbours allegedly gathered to mourn the murder. The protesters shouted slogans against the police and condemned the 24-year-old man to death in alleged custody.

The authorities suspended internet service in Sopore since mid-night as a precautionary measure to avoid rumour mongering, said a police spokesman while talking to Kashmir Glacier.

He also said that on Wednesday the body of the OGW was found near a stone quarry after he escaped from the police custody but how Dar died was not known in detail.

Irfan’s family refuted the Police statement by saying that, the seizure of the grenade is “false” as no weapons were recovered from his possession.

Police have claimed that Dar was a “militant ultra-grassroots activist” and died after trying to escape from custody. A police spokesman said the body was found near a stone quarry, but how Dar died was not known in detail.

However soon after the incident, Police shot a statement in which they revealed that, “On 15-09-2020 at about 12:45 hours, one OGW namely Irfan Ahmad Dar (Age about 23/24 years) S/O Mohammad Akbar Dar R/O Sidiq-Colony, Sopore was apprehended and two Chinese Hand Grenades were recovered from his possession.

In this regard, Case FIR No. 257/2020 U/S 18 ULA (P) Act, 7/27 A. Act was registered in Police Station Sopore and investigation has taken up.

The police statement further reads as, “During the course of investigation, a Police Team visited Chairdaji area of Tujjar-Sharief along with OGW for affecting some more recovery on the disclosure of the OGW.

In the meanwhile, the OGW while taking advantage of darkness and terrain managed to escape regarding which a separate Case FIR No. 71/2020 U/S 224 IPC was registered in Police Station Bomai and during search the body of OGW was found near Stone Quarry of Tujjar-Sharief.

Accordingly the body was taken to the nearby PHC, wherefrom shifted to PCR Kashmir Hospital for fulfilling medical and other legal formalities and final disposal. Further investigation is going on.”

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