The Jammu district development commissioner has ordered a magisterial probe into the killing of a man by security guards posted at the residence of former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah in Jammu on Saturday.
A senior government official told PTI that District Development Commissioner (Jammu) Ramesh Kumar ordered the probe following massive protests by relatives of the slain “intruder”, Syeed Murfad Shah.
“Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Jammu North, will conduct the probe and submit his report within four weeks,” Kumar told PTI.
Syeed Murfad Shah would have turned 26 next month.
In a major security breach on Saturday morning, said the police, the man rammed his car into the front gate of the Abdullahs’ residence and, vandalised the house. The police said the CRPF guards shot him when he did not respond to warnings and threw a flower pot on the head of an assistant sub-inspector of police on the first floor lobby of the house.
“The intruder breached the main gate and went inside. He had a scuffle with the duty officers there. A duty officer was also injured. After that, he entered the residence. There has been some damage to the articles there. Subsequently, he was shot dead,” said Jammu Senior Superintendent of Police Vivek Gupta.
Both Farooq and Omar Abdullah are Z-plus protectees, and were in New Delhi when the incident took place. Heavy security of CRPF and J&K Police is deployed at their residence in the Bathindi locality near the Sunjwan military station.
Speaking to The Statesman from New Delhi, Farooq Abdullah said an in-depth investigation should be held into the incident as the “intruder” had the layout plan of “my house as a result of which he reached the bedroom”.
Farooq Abdullah described it as the first attack of its type at his residence since the beginning of terrorism in the state. Farooq said the intruder probably had the knowledge of his proposed visit to Jammu to meet his secretary whose mother passed away recently.
Meanwhile, the National Conference (NC) has sought a high level probe into the incident by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
In a statement issued here, NC provincial spokesperson Madan Mantoo said, “As Abdullah is a central government categorised protectee, the government of India should carry out its independent and impartial inquiry by a team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.”
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He said the probe must cover all aspects, including how a car was able to gain entry into the supposedly highly secured residence with minimum cosmetic damage, considering the strength of the main gate.
“The security lapse is needed to be probed expeditiously so that the truth comes to the fore,” he added.
After the relatives of the deceased lodged a strong protest saying an unarmed Murfad could have been overpowered instead of being killed, the Jammu and Kashmir unit of BJP also demanded that an impartial and prompt investigation into the incident. It also wanted CCTV footage from the premises released.
“BJP demands an impartial and prompt enquiry into the matter of fake encounter. To set at rest the apprehensions of the members of the family of deceased, the CCTV footage should be released to the media by police immediately,” BJP state spokesperson Anil Gupta said in a statement.
He said it was a “cold-blooded” murder in a VIP residence, which raised many questions.
“The family of the deceased is calling the incident a fake encounter and insists that their son was called by somebody to the residence of the former chief minister,” he said.
While some were alleging that the youth was a drug-addict, Gupta quoted friends of the deceased to claim he was not.