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Rights body confirms custodial killing of Banihal youth

Srinagar, February 12, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, an investigation by the Human Rights Commission of the territory has confirmed that a 20-year-old youth, Muhammad Ramzan Lone, was killed in custody by Indian police, four years ago. The investigation established that Muhammad Ramzan Lone died as a result of ruthless beating by the officials of police post Khadi in Banihal area of Jammu region during his illegal confinement in police lock up. The victim family continues to await justice. He was arrested on a trivial charge.

At the police post, “Lone was thrashed and kicked in the stomach by a police constable as a result of which, his head collided against the wall and for some time he lost his consciousness,” the investigation found. “…Lone was beaten ruthlessly and after his health apparently deteriorated, he was denied any medical help,” the probe by human rights commission revealed. “…his health kept deteriorating and was taken to Banihal hospital by his family, where from he was shifted first to SMHS hospital and then to Soura Hospital in Srinagar, where he finally died.”

Post-mortem conducted by doctors cited intracranial hemorrhage as the cause of Ramzan Lone’s death, a medical condition in which pressure of vital brain centres that control heart rate and breathing increases. Doctors say this condition if not attended timely can lead to death. Instead of registering an FIR into Lone’s death, police initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 of Criminal Procedure Code (mysterious death) into the incident.

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Kashmir Media Service
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