Thursday, 19 May 2011

Probe in Moulana Showkat killing complete: DGP

Probe in Moulana Showkat killing complete: DGP
Published:5/19/2011 1:00:00 PMUpdated: 5/19/2011 12:07:17 PMBy: SHABIR IBN YUSUF Filed Under: srinagar

SRINAGAR, May 19: The Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda today said police is all set to charge-sheet the accused into the murder of Jamait-e-Ahli- Hadees chief Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah as they have completed investigation into the murder of religious leader.

DGP was addressing reporters on side lines of function held for laying foundation stone of Railways building in Nowgam area of Srinagar. "We have completed the investigation into the killing of Moulana Showkat. The accused will be charge-sheeted in some days," Khoda said. “The arrested people are involved in the execution of religious leader,” he added.

Three persons, Javid Ahmad Munshi and Nisar Ahmad Khan and leader of Saut-ul-Haq Abdul Ghani Dar alias Abdullah Ghazali were arrested with the charge for hatching the conspiracy and killing Showkat in a blast on April 8 in Gowkadal Maisuma in Srinagar city. Showkat was on way to offer Friday prayers.
After their arrest police claimed that Ghazali had discussed the plan to kill Shah with a jailed separatist leader Ashiq Hussain Faktoo alias Dr Qasim, husband of the chief of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Syeda Asiya Indrabi.

However, the family of Dr Qasim Faktoo, who is serving life imprisonment in Central Jail here, has contested the police claims that he is involved in the killing.
Faktoo’s family said that the allegations by police are aimed at hampering his release. “The State Review Board had recommended release of Dr Qasim who has completed 18 years in prison. However, the State Government which has challenged his release in the Court, sensing failure in the legal battle, has made a dramatic disclosure of Dr Qasim’s involvement in the Moulana’s killing,” Faktoo’s relatives that day said.

They alleged that since 2008 unrest, Dr Aashiq was being continuously implicated in the false cases. “Dr Qasim is the only jail inmate in the contemporary history who has utilized his detention period productively by achieving highest academic qualifications including Doctorate of Philosophy within the four walls of jail,” they said adding he had no role in the affairs of Jamait-e-Ahli-Hadees affairs.

“We appeal the Muslim Ummah in general and state in particular not to give any heed to such allegations leveled by the government out of sheer frustration,” they said.
The senior police officer said additional police and patrol parties have been deployed to guard the railway tracks in valley. “We have police posts and patrols on the railway stations,” he said adding the security of railway tracks is manned jointly by the police and para-military force Central Reserve Police Force.

Here it needs a mention that the railway tracks were damaged last year during the massive protest rage against the 118 civilian killings by the men in uniform.
During the function IGP railways Navin Agarwal gave the details of the increased security measures taken after last year damage and the restoration of railway services in the Valley. He said the railway employees who fled after in August 2010 were provided proper security and were made to return for duties.

IGP railways said a road map with coordinated security in place was drawn up for reconstruction and restoration work in a phased manner. The members of the civil society were contacted and Police-public meetings held by police to and to book the people involved in damaging the railway tracks.

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