Killers Of Faesal’s Father Are Long Dead: Police

Killers Of Faesal’s Father Are Long Dead: Police

7 May 2010
Rising Kashmir
Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: The father of the Kashmir doctor Shah Faesal Rasool who topped the prestigious Indian civil services exams was killed in July 2002 and according to police his killers are long dead. Armed men had killed Faesal’s father Ghulam Rasool Shah in July 2002 in his native village Sogam Lolab. Talking to Rising Kashmir, the then SP Kupwara, G M Dar said: “Shah’s assassins were killed way back.” Dar, who is retired from police services, said after the killing of Shah police, registered an FIR against “unidentified militants”. “From public information it was obvious who Masterji’s killers were. However, militancy was at its height and it was impossible to speak the truth,” said Dar. He said that the widely held view was that a local militant Hilal Dar and other non-Kashmiri Qari were involved in Shah’s killing. “Both were killed in separate encounters,” the former SP said. Shah who was a respected teacher in the area was killed following a scuffle with the accused militants inside his house. “The then minister Mushtaq Lone wanted to meet the bereaved family of Shah after two days of the incident,” Dar said. “When we reached their house, the deceased widow said ‘Masterji had a verbal exchange with militants inside the house. Next day some masked men with guns asked Masterji to come out of the house. Soon after he came out, they showered bullets at him.’” Dar said soon after Shah’s death, entire Sogam entered into mourning. “He was a respected man. People revered him for his benevolence and his contributions in teaching rural students,” he said. “On his death, people staged protests and Sogam observed shutdown for four continuous days.” The former SP also said Shah was killed following a “conspiracy”. Meanwhile after the death of Shah, Dar said that the then minister Mushtaq Lone, who was himself killed by unidentified gunmen, directed him to take Faesal to Srinagar. “Faesal has meritorious marks in 10th grade,” he said. “With the help of the minister, we were able to secure admission for Faesal in Tyndale Biscoe school.” Officially, Shah’s assassins were declared “untraced” and his file was closed. “He was killed by unidentified militants,” an official of Sogam quoting the FIR said. “It was closed after killers could not be identified or traced.” The FIR No 43-2002 under section 302, 364, 7-25 of the Indian Act was lodged against the killers. The FIR stated that the incident occurred on 3rd July 2002. About his father, Faesal told a New Delhi based newspaper: “I’m missing him today... He taught me that I can take on any challenge only if I work hard. He was my guide and my teacher and can you imagine that the basics he taught me in Class XI came as a big help during the prelims examination.”


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