Charges of murder invoked against Indian army officer in IOK

Srinagar, November 26, 2015 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the police have invoked charges of abduction, murder and disappearance of evidence against a brigadier-level officer of the Indian Army involved in the custodial killing of a chemist from the Rawalpora locality of Srinagar in 2002. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the police in its status report has told the High Court of the occupied territory that the investigation into the 14-year-old case had been completed and the Indian government’s nod for prosecution of Brigadier Kishore Malhotra was awaited.

Brigadier Malhotra was a Major in the 35 Rashtriya Rifles in 2002 when the incident happened. The officer was subjected to four days of sustained custodial interrogation by the SIT between October 6 and 9, this year, the report revealed. On November 23, a single bench of the High Court, while hearing a petition in the case, asked the police to file the latest status report about the investigation.

The chemist, Manzoor Ahmad Dar, a resident of Rawalpora area of Srinagar, was arrested by the Army on January 19, 2002. His wife Jana, in her testimonies before the courts, has maintained that an army contingent led by Kishore Malhotra, then a Major with the 35 Rashtriya Rifles, had raided their house in the dead of the night. Later, a judicial inquiry by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Budgam, had also substantiated that Manzoor was ‘picked up by the personnel of 35 Rashtriya Riffles during the intervening night of 18/19 January 2002’.

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