These deaths did not occur due to police or armed forces
The police spokesperson today clarified that there are certain cases of deaths attributed to police action by the reports appearing in sections of the media. According to the statement issued here today, the police spokesperson said that death of at least six persons was not due to any action by the police or armed forces, but has been caused by other reasons.
Giving details the police spokesperson said one person, 17 year old Ishfaq Ahmad Dar s/o Abdul Khaliq R/o Tarzoo, Sopore had a fall from a tree at his native village and was admitted in SDH Sopore under serial no. 462, MRD No. 84626, wherein, he was registered as an accidental case. The status of his injury was mentioned as “fall from a tree”. He was referred to SKIMS Srinagar for further treatment. The spokesperson clarified that the information recorded at SKIMS about the person that he was allegedly beaten by the security forces is false. He added that the nature of injury was revealed to be “intra ventricular haemorrhage” with left temporal contusion. He had no fire arm injury on his body. He died on 31st July in the morning.
The Spokesperson said another person 55 years old Ghulam Muhammad Mir S/o Abdul Sattar Mir R/o Isgund, Khumrial, Kupwara was working as a coolie in R&B Deptt. Kupwara and was posted in Cherkote, Kupwara. He added that on 16th July a mob attacked 41 RR Battalion Hqr at Kalarose, Kupwara where Army fired few shots in self defence which resulted in injuries to some people. This triggered a pandemonium in which Gh. Muhammad Mir was trampled and received blunt head injury due to fall. He was admitted in SMHS Hospital where he later died. He also had no fire arm injury.
The spokesperson further added that on 26th July Mushtaq Ahmed Nawchoo S/o Ali Muhammad Nawchoo R/o Kraltang, M. R. Gung, Srinagar was riding a scooter which collided with a scooty near Mir Jan Pora, Iddgah on Ali Jan Road, driven by Akeel Mehraj Yatoo S/o Mehrajdin R/o Umar Colony, Lal Bazar in which both were injured. Mustaq Ahmed Nawchoo was admitted in SKIMS where he later died. The other injured is still admitted in SKIMS, Soura. The footage of the accident is also on record. The accident was wrongly alleged to have occurred due to law & order situation in the area which is in contradiction to the said footage.
With regard to another incident which was wrongly attributed to police action, the spokesperson said that a 30 year old Zahoor Ahmed Mantoo S/o Sona-ullah Muntoo R/o Kisrigam, Pulwama had as per reports gone to his relative’s house to attend a function on 7th July. The dead body of Zahoor Ahmed Mantoo was recovered from Jhelum by civilians near Jowbrara, Awantipora on 13th July. The spokesperson added that there was no law & order incident in the vicinity during the said period. The Medical opinion also confirmed death due to drowning and there were no marks of fire arm injury on his body.
Giving details of another incident, the spokesperson said that on 9th July 2016 a mob attacked ITBP road opening party and police party Aishmuqam near Ganeshpora. The police resorted to lathi-charge and chased away the miscreants. He said, 23 year old, Safeer Ahmad Bhat S/o Sana-ullah Bhat R/o Cherigam, Pahalgam while running away slipped into a nearby stream and drowned. The dead body had no mark of fire arm injury or violence.
The Police Spokesperson added that another person around 40 years of age namely Manzoor Ahmad Bhat S/o Gh. Mohammad Bhat R/o Dooni Pawa, Anantnag who was working in a tyre repairing shop reportedly received head injury by a tyre rim due to tyre burst in the shop on 11th July 2016. He was admitted to SKIMS, Soura where he died today at 0330 hrs. The deceased also had no fire arm injury. The spokesperson said that it is being wrongly alleged that the injury on his head was caused by a tear smoke shell. (KNS)