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Indian police detain custodial killing victim’s brother in Sopore

Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian police detained the brother of Sopore youth Irfan Ahmad Dar, who was subjected to custodial killing by Indian police last year.

The police detained Irfan’s brother, Javaid Ahmad Dar, from a checkpoint near Reban village and took him to Sopore police station for questioning.

At 6:45 am, Javaid told media that he was stopped at the checkpoint when he had gone to collect milk. “I was stopped by the SOG [Special Operations Group] and then ten minutes later the SHO [Station House Officer] arrived. He asked for my name and then took me to the police station,” Javaid said.

Javaid also said that he was told there is an FIR against him for sharing a video of his slain brother. He said that the people from his area assembled and held a protest following which he was allowed to go but asked to return at 5 pm. After two hours of waiting at the police station in the evening, Javaid said that the police informed him to come again tomorrow at 2 pm.

“We have taken him for questioning,” Khalid Fayaz, the SHO of Sopore police station, told media earlier in the day. The officer, however, refused to divulge the reason for Dar’s detention or questioning.

Javaid’s brother, Irfan, was killed by Indian police in custody, last year. A magisterial inquiry was later conducted to ascertain the cause and circumstances leading to Irfan’s death. The finding of the inquiry has not been made public.

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