DC Kishtwar orders magisterial probe into death of ex-Armyman

A 72-year-old ex-Armyman died here today allegedly after he was thrashed by three policemen, triggering protests in the area, prompting Jammu and Kashmir government to order a probe and suspend a Sub-Inspector.

Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, Baseer Ahmad Khan ordered a magisterial enquiry, and directed SP, Kishtwar, to place Sub-Inspector Madan Lal under suspension in connection with the death of Raja Ram in Kishtwar district, officials said.

The ex-Armyman of Bungam Tagood in Chatroo belt of the district was five days ago taken to Dadpath police post for alleged delay in de-boarding from a vehicle in which he was travelling from Kishtwar to his home, and he was allegedly assaulted by a Police Sub-Inspector and two constables, the officials said.

The death of Ram irked the people of the area who brought his dead body to Dadpath police post and held a protest, blocking vehicular movement on Kishtwar-Chatroo road for several hours, demanding suspension of erring police officials and lodging of FIR against them, they said.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Kishtwar, along with other police officers, reached the spot and tried to pacify the people, they said.

Meanwhile, MLA Inderwal G M Saroori met Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, and demanded necessary action against the erring police officials, besides lodging FIR against them. (CNS)

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