Magisterial probe ordered into alleged custodial death of Pulwama youth

SRINAGAR — A magisterial probe was ordered on Wednesday into the alleged custodial death of a youth in J&K’s Pulwama district, officials said.

A top Police told Srinagar based news agency Kashmir Dot Com that Imtiaz Ahmed Pala, son of Gul Mohammed Pala a resident of Lidermund Bra- Vandana, who was facing charges under FIR 42/2024 for violations of Section 8, 22 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, was reported to have developed severe health complications during his detention at the Litter Police Station.

The officer claimed that Pala’s condition deteriorated rapidly, prompting his transfer to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. A legal proceedings have been initiated to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death, the officer added.

The body of the youth has been handed over to the family for last rites, the police said.

However, Pala’s family vehemently disputes the police account, alleging that he was picked and then ‘‘killed’’. They are demanding an impartial and thorough probe into the incident.

“We do not believe the police version of events. Imtiaz was healthy when he was taken on Yesterday. We believe it foul play and demand a transparent investigation,” one of cousin brother of the slain, told Kashmir Dot Com.

The family of the youth alleged that he had been picked up during a cordon and search operation and was tortured during interrogation. Following the allegations, a magisterial probe has been ordered to ascertain the circumstances which led to the youth’s death.

Imtiyaz, a mechanic by profession, leaves behind two daughters and a little boy, he said. — (KDC)