District Magistrates Srinagar Shahid Iqbal today said that they have started the proceedings into the case of custodial death of Awantipora teacher under the magisterial probe and that the inquiry will be conducted by the Additional Commissioner Srinagar, who has already visited the spot of incident.
Iqbal said that by evening they will issue a statement on the outcome of the magisterial probe taken up into the death of Rizwan Ahmed Pandit, 28, of Awantipora. “We will complete the probe soon and submit the report to the government,” Iqbal said. Earlier, police had said that Rizwan died in police custody after he was picked up by them in connection with a militancy related case.
It is to mention here that a private school teacher died on Tuesday allegedly in the custody of Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police in Srinagar.
Official sources said that a youth identified as Rizwan Asad Pandit, a resident of Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district was picked up by National Investigations Agency (NIA) a few days ago and was lodged in the Cargo camp of SOG in Srinagar.
A teacher by profession, Pandit has reportedly died during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday (March 18, 19).
However, there were no immediate reports of circumstances in which the teacher has died.
Soon after the incident the police has requested for magisterial inquiry under 176 CrPC to initiate the thorough probe for ascertaining the actual cause of death.
The Jammu and Kashmir police also issued a statement regarding the death of an Awantipora youth in custody today.
The spokesman in a statement said that in pursuance of militancy case investigation, one suspect Rizwan Pandit, a resident of Awantipora in south Kashmir, was in police custody.
The said Pandit died in police custody. In this matter while following the procedure laid down in section 176 of crpc a magisterial inquiry is underway.
Separately police investigation has also been initiated in the jurisdictional area of the incident, police said. (KNS)