Magisterial probe ordered in Bhaderwah killing, violence

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 5/20/2019 4:05:53 PM

Curfew relaxed for 2 hrs

BHADERWAH, MAY 19: A day after Special Investigation Team (SIT) and FSL began probe, the District Magistrate (DM) Doda Dr Sagar D Doifode Sunday ordered a magisterial inquiry into Bhaderwah killing and violence after the incident.
In the meanwhile, curfew was relaxed for two hours in Bhaderwah town of Doda district for the first time after it was imposed as a precautionary measure on Thursday following the murder of a person Nayeem Ahmed resident of Qilla Mohalla, Bhaderwah and violence thereafter.
The army, which was called out following the violence, has been withdrawn, but the CRPF and police remained deployed in strength especially in the sensitive localities to maintain law and order. The mobile internet services, however, will remain suspended in the town till further orders though the services have been restored in the rest of the district.
As per the order issued by District Magistrate, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Thathri Mohammed Anwar Bandey has been appointed as Inquiry Officer to probe into the death besides the developments thereafter.
“The SDM will also carry out an inquiry into stone-throwing, clashes and vandalism that took place in the town after the incident besides he shall furnish the factual report along with his specific- comments within seven days to the office of DM Doda to facilitate further necessary action,” the order reads.
The order issued by DM reads, “Whereas, during the intervening night of May 15 and 16, 2019, some unknown persons have killed one Nayeem Ahmed resident of Qilla Mohalla- Bhaderwah, which led to disturbance in law and order situation in Bhaderwah town and its surroundings. Further, some miscreants in Bhaderwah have tried to disturb peaceful atmosphere by way of mobilizing unlawful assemblies and also resorted to stone throwing thus vandalizing public property at large.”
Order further reads, “Keeping in view of the said situation and in order to conduct magisterial inquiry of the whole episode, District Magistrate Doda appointed Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Thathri Mohammad Anwar Bandey as Inquiry Officer to inquire into the matter thoroughly to ascertain the cause and the probable reason of death of the above mentioned individual. The SDM will also carry out an inquiry into stone-throwing, clashes and vandalism that took place in the town after the incident besides he shall furnish the factual report along with his specific- comments within seven days to the office of DM Doda to facilitate further necessary action.”
In the meanwhile, curfew was relaxed for two hours in Bhaderwah town for the first time after it was imposed as a precautionary measure on Thursday.
DC Doda told KTNS that the area wise curfew relaxation was given in Bhaderwah town from 3.30 PM to 5.30 PM initially and then from 5.30 PM to 6.30 PM. “During the period, the situation remained quite under control as people came out of their houses and purchased essential commodities,” he told. He, however, said Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) remained in force in these areas as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order. He said, “The SDM is supposed to give a detailed report on the killing of Shah, reasons thereof and probable causes, besides the reason for stone-throwing and the perpetrators because the administration is of the idea that the stone throwing was well collaborated and needs a thorough investigation.” Doifode said, “The situation in the curfew-bound areas is well under control and there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere.”
On the other hand, seven persons, involved in incidents of stone-pelting were arrested, thus taking the number of total arrested persons in killing and violence thereafter to 15.
On Saturday, police had constituted a five-member special investigation team (SIT) headed by Superintendent of Police, Bhaderwah, Raj Singh Gouria to probe the death of Shah at village Kachi Nalthi on Thursday. The SIT visited the site of the incident and also seized a 12-bore gun which is believed to have been used in the killing and sent it to FSL Jammu for examination. The relatives of the deceased alleged that he was victim of cow vigilantism and was targeted as he was involved in cattle trade. However, the residents of Kachi Nalthi village told police that two to three persons were found moving under suspicious circumstances in the area which led to the firing.

 

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