February 2007 News

Body Dug Up, Mob Breathes Fire

2 February 2007
The Hindustan Times

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday exhumed the body of a carpenter killed in an alleged fake encounter as hundreds of protesters fought pitched battles with the police at Sumbal in North Kashmir. The protesters demanded a CBI probe into the death. Abdul Rahman Padder, a carpenter, was allegedly killed by the Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir police at Sumbal in north Kashmir. It was alleged that he was killed in a fake encounter. The police, in the presence of a two-member team of forensic experts, dug up the body for forensic tests. The team from the Chandigarh Forensic laboratory collected samples from Padder's body, blood samples of his parents, who were present at the site. Deputy inspector-general (DIG) of police Farooq Ahmad, in-charge of the investigation and superintendent of police Abdul Razak, were present at the spot with a posse of senior police officials and bureaucrats. DIG Ahmad said the body was later sent to Padder's native village, Larnoo Kokernag. The police had thrown a tight security cordon around the graveyard. Entrance and exits were sealed and no civilians, other than Padder's relatives, were allowed to venture in. Local villagers crowded outside the graveyard. As the body was brought out, Padder's relatives broke down. Angry villagers tried to break through the cordon and condemned the police. The police retaliated by wielding the baton on the crowd and firing tear gas shells. The protesters pelted stones.


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