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Kashmir CM dismayed over staged encounter killing

Jan 29, 2006:

Chief Minister of Indian administered Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad today expressed dismay over the killing of one Abdul Rehman Padroo in a staged encounter by the Special Operation Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Azad said that incidents like these “bow our head in shame”.

Making a statement in the state legislature, Azad admitted that troops and policemen have been involved in custodial killings and staged encounters for promotions and rewards.

“But such persons will not be spared,” Azad said adding that four cases of custodial killings have been handed over to the Deputy Inspector General Central Kashmir Range Srinagar for investigation.

The government had awarded the police team responsible for Padroo’s killing with INR 1,20000. Two police constables involved in the case have now been suspended and two senior police officials have been attached to Inspector General’s office.

Abdul Rehman Padroo, a resident of Kokernag in Anantnag, went missing from Srinagar on Dec. 8. Padroo’s family lodged a missing report on December 14 in Srinagar.

Investigation of the case led to the recovery of a Padroo’s mobile from one Abdul Rashid Wagay of Hajan and upon further investigations it became apparent that Padroo had been arrested and later killed in a staged encounter, and labelled as a foreign militant.

Padroo’s family says one of the accused Farooq Ahmad Padder had taken INR 75000 from Padroo on the promise of a government job for Padroo. According to the family Farooq demanded another INR 100000 which they could not provide to him.

Allegations of custodial killings and disappearances are common place in Kashmir. The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons Kashmir claims that 10000 people have been subjected to enforced disappearances by various security agencies in Kashmir.


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