Probe J-K Police officials who set up Afzal Guru: Kashmir parties

Afzal Guru hanging

While DSP Davinder Singh - who is currently in Traffic police - has not been taking calls after Afzal's hanging, Shanty Singh is in jail after Crime Branch investigation in 2003 found him involved in "torturing a civilian Mohammad Ayoub Dar of Sholipora, Pakharpore to death" in "police custody" and then "firing at his body", dubbing him as a "militant who was killed in an encounter". Sources in Crime Branch told The Indian Express that they started an inquiry under the instructions of the State Human Rights Commission and subsequently registered a case (FIR 77/2003). "Ishpal Singh alias Shanty Singh is in jail for a custodial killing,'' a source said. "During the intervening night of June, 1 and 2, 1999, Shanty Singh along with Inspector Waris Shah picked up Mohammad Ayoub Dar Son of Abdul Rehman Dar from his home at Sholipora in Pakharpora. Dar had died while Shanty Singh was interrogating him. He had then opened fire at his body and planted some arms and ammunition on his body to pass him off as a militant who was killed in an encounter at Dalwan village".

MLA Rashid's demand for a probe has got support from opposition Peoples Democratic Party and even a member parliament of the ruling National Conference. ``There is an urgent need for an enquiry. We would strongly recommend it,'' PDP spokesman Nayeem Akhtar said. NC's Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri too has joined in. "This is very much possible in the circumstances that we live in here in Kashmir. We have so many examples to quote where certain police and security force officials have taken the advantage of circumstances prevailing in J&K and abused their position for personal reasons, to extract money or to get promotions. Hundreds of enforced disappearances, unnamed graves and fake encounters are testimony to the fact that abuse of power has been rampant," MP Ratanpuri said. "It will be in the fairness of things that a commission as demanded by a legislator Engineer Rashid is constituted and the a fair and transparent probe to establish truth (about Afzal's arrest) is conducted".

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