Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has given her nod to sanction the prosecution of deputy superintendent of police Noor-ul-Hassan Parray. Parray was reported to be involved in the killing of two persons in police firing at Khanabal in Anantnag district in 2010.
Mehbooba said in her order that an investigation into the incident had revealed that a case under section 304 (II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the RPC (Ranbir Penal Code) could be made out against Parray. Bilal Ahmad Najjar and Noor-ul-Amin Dagga were killed in police firing on September 18, 2010 when they were waiting near a mosque at K P Road in Anantnag’s Khanabal area to join the funeral of Maroof Ahmad Nath.
Nath was reported to be drowned in the Jhelum River on September 15 after security forces allegedly chased some boys who were staging a protest. However, the families of the victims said they were killed in unprovoked police firing. As per reports, a total of 27 independent witnesses who deposed before the SIT named Parray as accused in the case. It was only on basis of these statements, investigating officers reached the conclusion that action could be initiated against the officer.
Immediately after the incident, police registered an FIR in the incident which had taken place near Delhi Darbar. However, the police officer argued that the two had been injured in a firing incident near Ahli Hadees Masjid in Khanabal, and not near Delhi Darbar at K P Road in Anantnag. Also, a separate FIR was later registered at Anantnag police station, and a local court gave directions to the police to form an SIT (Special Investigation Team) to probe the matter.
As per reports by TOI, the police officials were engaged in controlling the mob during the funeral procession. The police officer soon after fired shots from his pistol in the air and caused injuries to Najjar and Dagga. The two later succumbed to the injuries in hospital.