Anantnag, Dec 02:
The family of former Congress Sarpanch, Sajad Ahmad Malik, who was killed in mysterious circumstances on Thursday, alleged that he died of police torture and was not released despite the fourt bailed him out.
“We secured a bail for him more than 10 days ago but we were told by the Station House Officer (SHO) that there was political pressure on them and they cannot release him as of now. So he continued to remain in police custody,” said Mudassir Ahmad, brother-in-law of slain Sajad Ahmad Malik.
Sajad died in mysterious circumstances yesterday with police and army giving different versions for his killing.
Maliks’s wife Shabroza maintained that she met her husband at the police station less than half an hour before learning about his death.
The family also alleged that they were forced to bury Malik in the dead of the night as police imposed strict restrictions in the area to restrict movement of people.
Malik was killed by Army in Aagnoo village of Dooru and a defence spokesman claimed that a militant had been killed in an encounter in Dooru’.
A police spokesman said at about 5.20 pm yesterday, Sajad Malik alias Bita Malik decamped with an AK rifle along with one magazine from Police Station Dooru.
“After firing some shots near the market, and taking advantage of the darkness, he managed to escape towards Zamalgam. On way near Cherikari, he fired towards an army patrol. The fire was retaliated. In the exchange of fire Shabir Malik was killed,” he said.
The spokesman said the deceased was a released militant and a history sheeter, who was already arrested in militancy cases in various Police Stations.
He, however, didn’t elaborate about Malik’s detention or the circumstances under which he fled with a rifle from the police station.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Kashmir Range, Niteish Kumar, and SSP Anantnag, Zubair Khan, didn’t answer the calls by this reporter.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir termed the killing of Malik as a custodial murder.
He demanded a judicial probe into Malik’s killing terming him most honest man in his party.
Meanwhile, MLA Kulgam and State Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has today demanded a judicial probe into Malik’s killing.
“Government should come out with all the facts available related to the incident, so that not only the affected family but people in general are relieved from dilemma about the circumstance which lead to the death of ex-sarpanch,” he said.