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Sunday, July 31, 2011

POLICE EXCESSES: Sopore custodial death: Omar promises swift action!

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PTI / The Hindu / SRINAGAR, July 31, 2011.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. File photo
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. File photo - The Hindu.

Describing as an “inexcusable gross human rights violation” the custodial death of a youth in Sopore town, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday promised that swift and exemplary action would be taken in the case.

“The death of Anjum (Nazim) Rashid in police custody is a gross human rights violation and inexcusable. Things like this cannot be allowed to happen,” Mr. Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Nazim Rashid alias Anjum died in police custody in Sopore town of Baramulla district. He was picked up by police for questioning on Saturday.

“I expect the police to do nothing less than make an example of those responsible so that nothing like this even happens again,” the Chief Minister wrote.

Mr. Abdullah said there will be swift and exemplary action in the case. “Swift and exemplary action. No delays, no cover ups (and) no excuses. That is all I can promise and ensure,” he said.

He said he was aware that the action against the guilty persons was not enough. “It is not enough, of that too I am aware,” he added.

Official sources said as news of the death of the 28-year-old spread in his locality, the entire area observed a complete shutdown.

Additional security forces have been deployed in many parts of the town for maintaining law and order while a large contingent of police personnel have been put on stand-by in Police Control Room Srinagar to meet any eventuality, the sources said.

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