Strict Action Against Custodial Death: Mehbooba
4 December 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir''s ruling People''s Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the government would take strict action against those found guilty in the alleged custodial death of a person at Mochu in Central Kashmir''s Budgam district on December 1. PDP Vice President Mehbooba Mufti visited the family of Abdul Hamid Wani, who was allegedly tortured to near death in police custody, on Wednesday to offer her condolences. Accompanied by local MLA Javaid Mustafa Mir, who has pursued the case, Mehbooba also assured the people of Mochu that she would take up the matter with the government for necessary help to the bereaved family since Wani was the sole bread earner. According to local police, Wani, a mason by profession, had committed suicide in custody - a claim vehemently contested by his family and residents of Mochu. Wani''s wife Fareeda has even gone to the extent of accusing SHO, Gazanfar Ali, of killing her husband in a cold blood. ''The SHO told me that my husband possessed some arms and if he did not hand these over to him, he would be killed'', Fareeda alleged.