Killed cop’s family cries foul, seeks probe in IIOJK

Jammu, September 25 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the family of the policeman, Ajay Dhar, who was recently shot dead by a colleague in Kupwara, said the police department is attempting a “cover-up”, and demanded justice.

Ajay Dhar, a follower in the police department posted in Handwara, died on Wednesday after being shot by a sentry guarding a temple, officials said.

As per the preliminary investigation, Dhar was going from the Handwara police station to sleep at the temple located in main Handwara town, they said.

“The victim was using headphones on his mobile phone. When he reached near the temple, the guard there observed suspicious movement and signaled him to stop. Dhar apparently could not hear the sentry, prompting him to open fire,” an official said.

As Dhar’s dead body reached his residence at Jagti camp on the outskirts of Jammu city on Thursday, hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits gathered outside and held protests, demanding a probe into the killing.

Speaking to reporters, the victim’s younger sister, Neha, said, “We want justice for my brother Ajay, not compensation or money. The police are telling lies. We want a high level probe.”

She added that they don’t trust the statements of the police, and the authorities must order a probe by either the NIA or the CBI.

“It is a cold-blooded murder,” another family member said.