Police refuse to provide FIR copy to Gowhar’s family

Srinagar, November 22, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, police have refused to provide a copy of the FIR to the family of Gowhar Nazir Dar, the 22-year-old engineering student from Zainakote, who was killed by the CRPF on November 7, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was holding his public rally in Srinagar.

Gowhar’s father, Nazir Ahmad Dar in a media interview in Srinagar said that they had repeatedly asked officials at Parimpora police station to give them a copy of the FIR, but to no avail.“We asked the police to give us the FIR copy the very next day after my son was martyred. But till now we are yet to receive it,” he said.

According to the family, they want murder charges to be slapped against personnel of 44 BN of CRPF, led by their commandant, who killed Gowhar. For this, they have submitted a separate application to the police. However, the application was rejected by Parimpora police station and instead they were asked to approach the Chief Judicial Magistrate, who also turned down the plea.

According to an eyewitness, who deposed before the additional district magistrate, Gowhar was killed when CRPF men were hiding behind a wall and targeted Gowhar when he was walking by on the road. The spot where he was killed — marked with red paint by the investigations team – is a few hundred metres from the CRPF camp in the area.

At the entrance to Gowhar’s house, a banner demands the removal of the CRPF camp. “It’s our land, and we gave it for an industrial purpose, not for housing the CRPF. We want the land should be given to young entrepreneurs for setting up their business units,” said Rahmatullah, Gowhar’s cousin. The CRPF occupied the site in 2010. And the HMT factory, set up on this piece of land – of over 500 kanals — is almost defunct now.

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