Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, Sept 17: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar on Thursday said that District Magistrate Baramulla has ordered an inquiry into death of Sopore youth Irfan Ahmad Dar after family contested police statement and said the inquiry would come up with exact details about the death.
Speaking during a presser in PCR Srinagar, IGP said District Magistrate Baramulla has ordered an inquiry to find out how the youth died.
“I believe the youth namely Irfan Ahmad Dar died after felling on a stone. He may have died due to cardiac arrest when he fled during a raid amid darkness. Let the inquiry be conducted to come up with exact details about his death”, IGP said in response to a query.
When asked why authorities disallowed Dar’s body to family, he said in view of Covid-19 pandemic, body was not handed over to family and instead buried at Sonmarg area of Ganderbal district in presence of concerned Magistrate and close relatives of the deceased.
“Earlier there was a written agreement when a militant had killed in Sopore that only 50 to 60 men would attend funeral but a mob of about 2000 men and women turned up. So we had apprehension of big assembly of people may gather at funeral and there was a risk of spread of pandemic. So that’s why body was handed over to family”, IGP said.
He, however, reiterated that Irfan was an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of militants from whose possession two hand grenades were recovered and that he was taken for more recovery during the night after which he fled during darkness.
The family members of the deceased youth have alleged that he was killed in custody by police and have demanded a probe into his killing and punishment to the guilty.
Sopore area of Baramulla witnessed massive protests against the death of Irfan and the mobile internet remained suspended in the apple town for the second consecutive day today. (KNS)