DSP sacked for rights violation in held Kashmir
7 June 2003
News Network International
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered the dismissal of Deputy Superintendent of Police Rashid Khan alias Rashid Billa for his involvement in a triple murder case and human rights violations. Khan was absconding for the last two years after he was summoned by the court of chief judicial magistrate, Srinagar, under charges of murder of three persons here. The victims, according to the FIR, were killed in custody and their bodies were recovered from different places after a week's time, according to a Times News Network report. Khan, in order to evade arrest on the murder charges went underground since November 27, 1999 and was reportedly hiding in the farm house of one senior police officer in Chandigarh. The Director General of Police, Gopal Sharma, dismissed Abdul Rashid Khan, the then SDPO Hazratbal, on account of his absconding and continued unauthorised absence from duty with effect from November 27, 1999, an official spokesman said. Earlier, in order to pressurise Khan to present himself before the court, police authorities had cancelled the allotment of Khan's official accommodation. The Mufti Mohammad government also ordered investigation against 53 police personnel who were working with the Special Operations Group and were allegedly involved in various human rights violations. This was stated by Abdul Rahman Veeri, a minister in the ruling government in response to a question by Ghulam Nabi Shaheen, National Conference legislator. The minister said the government had so far received 49 complaints regarding atrocities committed by SOG men involving 53 personnel. The minister said the government would also submit a detailed report shortly on details about the absconding police officer.