Custodial Death: Did Rizwan try to escape Police custody?

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With no immediate official confirmation on the nature of incident even as widespread protests are rocking South Kashmir and Srinagar, a media report has suggested that Rizwan may have tried to jump off custody.

An official has said that Rizwan Asad Pandit succumbed to his injuries after he tried to escape from an armoured vehicle.

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Rizwan Asad Pandit, a resident of Awantipora from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district was picked up by police for questioning in connection with a militant related case. Reports said that he was subsequently handed over to Counter Insurgency Group of Jammu Kashmir Police Cargo based camp located in of Srinagar city.

Media reports suggested that the youth, who was a school teacher and a Jamat-e-Islami activist died in custody during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday while police said that they have requested for magisterial enquiry under 176 CrPC to initiate the thorough probe for ascertaining the actual cause of death. Besides, it said, the police have also ordered a separate enquiry to probe the incident.

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“Disturbing reports of custodial death of youth from Awantipora in Srinagar’s Cargo Camp. As per media he was picked up by police few days ago & was lodged in CARGO camp of (SOG). @jandkgovernor administration should come clean on this @HMOIndia @MehboobaMufti,” tweeted Nayeem Akhtar of People’s Democratic Party.

A police official wishing not to be named however denied the reports of custodial death claiming that Rizwan was killed while he ‘tried to escape from an armoured vehicle.’

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