Ramban Custodial Killing: Court frames charges against accused DySP

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Ramban: A court on Saturday framed charges against a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP), Sonaullah Naik, facing trial for allegedly killing a local Ayaz Ahmed Wani in custody.
Principal Sessions Judge Ramban, Muhammad Akram Choudhary after hearing the parties, observed that the accused had arrested the deceased as suspicion in a case and had sought his remand from the Magistrate.
“The arresting official is custodian of the arrestee and he cannot wash away his hands with a simple plea that he had merely arrested the accused and handed him over to some superior officer for being shifted to another Police Station,” the court observed.
“The accused being in-charge of Police Station was under duty to ensure safety and security of the deceased who was arrested by him”, the court held adding, “The accused as appears from the material on record, not only got the entries tampered in the Daily Diary Register of his Police Station but a concocted story was also projected that the deceased while been taken to some hide out by CRPF had fell down and got injured”.
The court said the accused even failed to take any action to enquire into the death of the victim and also did not depose during investigation. “The accused Sonaullah Naik though a serving Deputy Superintendent of Police even avoided his arrest and also absconded since 2007 for period of more then four years during the trial of the case”.
After considering the material on record for limited purpose of consideration of charge it is found that there is sufficient material on record to proceed against Sonaullah Naik for commission of offences punishable under sections various sections of RPC.

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