Babar Qadri case: Families of two arrested vouch for their innocence, claim being framed

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Srinagar: The family members of two of the Srinagar trio who have been arrested in connection with the murder of Advocate Babar Qadri Friday vouched for their innocence. They said they have been falsely implicated and tortured.

The family members who emerged in Press Enclave Srinagar told reporters that Zahid Khan and Asif Bhar have been falsely implicated.

Pertinently, police have arrested three from Srinagar in connection with the murder of Advocate Babar Qadri. They have been identified as Asif Bhat of Rehmania Colony Srinagar, Shahid Mir of Khanyar Srinagar and Zahid Khan, a resident of Nowhatta Srinagar.

The family members of Asif and Zahid told reporters that police didn’t arrest them as is being claimed but when police were looking for them, they presented themselves before the police.

“CCTV cameras are proof to this fact that Zahid was present in his Khanyar based shop at the time of murder. We were not allowed to meet them after their detention. After 45 days we saw them when police presented them before the court of law. Zahid was limping. He has been brutally interrogated,” the sister of Zahid said.

She said the brother-in-law of the slain Advocate Babar Qadri is a DySP in Police Department and he has conducted the investigation in a closed room. Both Zahid and Asif are innocent and are being implicated,” she said and sought the intervention of higher authorities.

“We want justice and a fair probe into the murder of Advocate Babar Qadri. Asif and Zahid are innocent and have nothing to with the murder of Babar Qadri,” the family members were quoted as saying by a local news gathering agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT).

Pertinently, police have claimed that it arrested five persons including two detenues in connection with the murder of Qadri.

Advocate Qadri was shot dead on 24 Septembe this year at his residence in Hawal area of Srinagar by two men. These men who masqueraded as clients told Qadri that they wanted to discuss with him a matter related to accident, fired at Qadri at point blank range. He was shifted to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

Shortly after the killing of Qadri a formal FIR vide number 62/2020 under section 302, 7/27 Arms Act and 16/18 UAPA was registered at police station Lal Bazar while on the directions of Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar, a Special Investigation Team was constituted under SP Hazratbal to probe the murder of Qadri.

Besides Srinagar trio police have arrested two detunes at Srinagar Central Jail who have been identified as Muneer War alias Qari of Hatmulla Kupwara and Tawseef Shah son of Parimpora, Srinagar.

The arrested trio from Srinagar have been sent to judicial remand to Central Jail, Srinagar till 26 December by the Court. (KNT)

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