3 Cops Held For 'custodial Death' In Kupwara

14 February 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Kupwara: Three policemen were arrested on Friday in connection with the death of murder accused Nazir Ahmad Mughal allegedly in police custody in frontier Kupwara district. Nazir's death under mysterious circumstances in police custody on Tuesday had led to massive protests and clashes in the town. The arrested cops posted at the Zurhama police post, where Nazir was detained for questioning, have been identified as munshi Muhammad Hussain, selection grade constable Fayaz Ahmad and constable Fayaz Ahmad. With the arrest of the accused policemen, the victim's relatives hope that the accused would be punished for the heinous crime. 'We are feeling some respite after learning that the accused have been arrested. We hope that the police will spare no effort in conducting a thorough probe into the circumstances which led to the death of the victim and the accused cops will be punished sternly under the law,' said a relative. 'His body bore torture marks, which indicated that he died due to torture,' he added. Meanwhile, after four days of unrest, frontier Kupwara town returned to normal today. Shops and other commercial establishments remained open and transport was back on the roads. Government and private offices, including banks, also resumed work. The tuition centres also resumed work. 'It is good to see that normalcy has returned to the town today enabling us to take tuitions. We were afraid that the unrest may prolong and affect our education,' said Aijaz Ahmad, a Class XII student. Protests and clashes broke out in Kupwara on Tuesday against the death of murder accused Nazir Ahmad Mughul from Zurhama village, allegedly in police custody. Failing to bring the situation under control, the authorities imposed curfew in the town on Friday to prevent protests. Kupwara Deputy Commissioner Kumar Rajeev Ranjan had on Wednesday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and asked Additional DC Firdous Ahmad to submit a report within 15 days.