He was an OGW, had escaped during a raid: Police
Our kin killed in custody: Family
A youth, who Police claimed was an over ground worker (OGW) of militants was found dead in Sopore town of north Kashmir's Baramulla district Wednesday, sparking protests in the area.
Irfan Ahmad Dar, 24, son of Muhammad Akbar Dar of Sidiq Colony, Sopore was found dead near a stone quarry at Tujjar-Sharief, Sopore.
According to his family, Irfan Dar and his brother Javaid Ahmad were picked by Police on September 15 for alleged links with the militants.
Ahmad was released later.
"Irfan Dar was apprehended and two Chinese hand grenades were recovered from his possession," Police said in a statement.
A case under FIR No 257/2020 was registered under section 18 ULA (P) Act, 7/27 A.
The case was registered in Police Station Sopore and investigation was started in this regard.
"During the course of investigation, a Police team visited Chairdaji area of Tujjar-Sharief along with the OGW for affecting some more recovery on the disclosure of the OGW. In the meanwhile, the OGW while taking advantage of darkness and terrain managed to escape regarding which a separate case under FIR No 71/2020 under section 224 of the IPC was registered in Police Station Bomai," Police said in the statement adding, further investigation was underway.
Police said Irfan Dar's body was taken to the nearby Primary Health Centre (PHC) from where it was shifted to PCR Kashmir Hospital for fulfilling medical and other legal formalities and final disposal.
Talking to media persons at his residence, Ahmad rejected the Police claims and said his brother had no links to militants and no recovery was made by Police from their house.
"I told the Police that they can check the CCTV footage at our house and see if anyone (militant) came to their house," Ahmad said.
A shopkeeper by profession, Irfan Dar was killed in custody, Ahmad alleged.
Following the incident, the authorities also suspended internet service on mobile phones in the area.
"My brother remains busy with work most of the time. He even doesn't find time to move out," Ahmad told reporters, adding that no Police case was registered him in the past.