Kashmir police’s u-turn, shuts probe into alleged death during army raid

The family of a man, who died during a Indian army raid on his house last year in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, says the police have shut the case without conducting an investigation.

55-year-old Abdul Gani Naik, his family says lost his life during a nocturnal raid conducted by Army’s 119 Rashtriya Rifles in Halmullah Gawas in Kapran Verinag, adding the police had assured them of proper investigation.

The family members of Naik assembled at the press enclave in the disputed region’s summer capital and demanded that police conduct a proper verification.

Zainab Begum, the wife of the deceased, said that Army raided two house of Naik and Bashir Ahmad Thoker in April 2016. “The army raid on our house scared Naik and he suffered heart attack. We after informing the police shifted him to nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” she said.

After Naik’s death, agitated people had hit to road and clashed with police. “The authorities assured probe and even officials at Police Station Dooru Shahabad promised us that an FIR will be lodged after the completion of inquiry. We were shocked yesterday, when the police officer informed us that the case has been closed,” she said.

“We moved from pillar to post but justice has been deluding us. We request and appeal authorities to conduct a probe into the incident and bring guilty to justice,” the family.