Arrest warrants issued against two cops in 2010 murder case that further killed over 100

wamiq Farooq
Wamiq Farooq

Srinagar, November 21: A non-bailable arrest warrants has been issued against two police personnel by Srinagar court after being found involved in Wamiq Farooq murder case. The two accused including an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) have been identified as Abdul Khaliq Sofi and a Station Police Officer (SPO) Mohammad Akram.

The arrest warrants were issued on Friday by the court of Forest Magistrate, Srinagar. The court directed, SSP Srinagar to execute the orders and arrest the accused persons by or before December 1, the next date of hearing.

It is pertinent to mention here, that the case belongs to the killing of Wamiq Farooq, a young student of class 8th. He was killed by a teargas shell allegedly fired by the police on January 31, 2010, near Gani Memorial Stadium in old Srinagar city. Following his death, over 100 civilians were killed in security forces firing. While the teenager’s family has held the police responsible for the killing, the police had termed the slain teenager a miscreant and resisted the arrest of accused officers.

During the hearing on February 25, 2014, the Srinagar Sessions Court had also directed the two accused cops to appear before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar on March 3 but the police failed to execute the arrest warrants.

In another hearing on May 10, the SSP Srinagar was directed by CJM, Srinagar to constitute two special police teams to execute the orders of the non-bailable arrest warrants against the duo “without fail.’ However, the order was later challenged by the accused.

In the court’s hearing on Friday, the Forest Magistrate observed in his orders, “The commission of offence under Section 299 of the Ranbir Penal Code punishable under Section 304 (part II) of the RPC has been disclosed against the accused and the process has been issued against them already.”

The magistrate added that a copy of this order that constitute Fresh non-bailable arrest warrants have been issued against accused ASI Abdul Khaliq Sofi and SPO Mohammad Akram has also been delivered to the SSP for “execution and early return” through the Chief Prosecution Officer.