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Sopore custodial death: Omar promises swift action

Posted by on July 31, 2011 0 Comment

Describing as an “inexcusable gross human rights violation” the custodial death of a youth in Sopore town, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday promised that swift and exemplary action would be taken in the case.

“The death of Anjum (Nazim) Rashid in police custody is a gross human rights violation and inexcusable. Things like this cannot be allowed to happen,” Mr. Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Nazim Rashid alias Anjum died in police custody in Sopore town of Baramulla district. He was picked up by police for questioning on Saturday.

“I expect the police to do nothing less than make an example of those responsible so that nothing like this even happens again,” the Chief Minister wrote.

Mr. Abdullah said there will be swift and exemplary action in the case. “Swift and exemplary action. No delays, no cover ups (and) no excuses. That is all I can promise and ensure,” he said.

He said he was aware that the action against the guilty persons was not enough. “It is not enough, of that too I am aware,” he added.

Official sources said as news of the death of the 28-year-old spread in his locality, the entire area observed a complete shutdown.

Additional security forces have been deployed in many parts of the town for maintaining law and order while a large contingent of police personnel have been put on stand-by in Police Control Room Srinagar to meet any eventuality, the sources said.

Senior police officials refused to comment on the incident. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, S.M. Sahai said details will be released “soon”.

This is the first custodial death in Kashmir since 2009. A youth, Manzoor Ahmad fom Aloochibagh area in the city, died in SOG custody in May 2009. Hindu

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