Bereaved family casts doubt over death of kin at sub-jail Kupwara

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Days after a jail inmate died after “falling down stairs at sub-jail building” Kupwara, the bereaved family on Thursday accused the jail authorities of putting forth a “cooked up story”, saying given the nature of injuries it seems the inmate “never fell” and instead been hit on head by some sharp object.

Family of Mohammad Yousuf Bhat son of Abdul Aziz Bhat, a resident of Prangroo Mawer Handwara, told GNS that if at all their ward fell, then jail authorities should show them  CCTV footage. “If they can show us the (CCTV) footage, we will accept”, a family member said adding if he has “fallen”, why is there no injury mark on his body except on the head. “He has been hit by some sharp object on his head”, the family  alleged.

“Once we reached the hospital, we were told that he is under treatment but when asked to let us in to see how the treatment was going, a person shockingly told us he had already expired and it was only an autopsy going on at that time”, the family said.

“All we want is justice and we are ready to go to any extent to bring forth the facts pertaining to the death of our father,” deceased’s daughter said.

When contacted, Superintendent Sub-jail Kupwara Shahbaz Hussain told GNS that the allegations were baseless and that the inmate had actually fallen off the stairs at the jail.

Regarding autopsy, the official said they had taken consent from the District Magistrate for autopsy. “We still have initiated a magisterial enquiry into the incident and we hope the report will come out within two to three weeks”, he said.

“If the bereaved family has any doubts, they can visit us anytime and we can allay any of their grievances or doubts”, the official added.

Pertinent to mention that the deceased Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, was under trial under FIR number 93/21 8/21 NDPS Act. (GNS)

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