Tufail Matoo Case: ‘Docs record contradictory statements on autopsy’

Srinagar: Doctors who conducted autopsy on the body of first victim of 2010 unrest, Tufail Matoo of downtown here have recorded conflicting statements before the police during the investigations.
Meanwhile while hearing the case today, the Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir of High Court directed the investigating officer SP North Showket Hussain to complete the investigation within six weeks and file the status report on the next date of hearing.
The latest status report submitted to the Court on Wednesday by the investigating officer probing the case indicates that the statements of the doctors on collection of the samples from the body are conflicting.
“That on February 7, 2012 the statement of Dr Ghulam Qadir who was member of the team which conducted postmortem of the deceased T A Matoo was recorded but he showed his ignorance regarding obtaining of swabs while as Dr Shafaqat Nazir whose statement was recorded on February 19, 2012 confirmed that swabs have been taken from body of the deceased during postmortem” reads the report.
As per the status report, the other two doctors of the postmortem team in their statements have also shown their ignorance regarding obtaining swabs and hair samples from the wound of the deceased.
The status report, however, reveals that the statement of Ghulam Rasool Wani the then Tehsildar Char-e-Sharief was recorded who deposed that the swabs taken at that time were sealed by him.
The report states that after authentication of the swabs, advise was sought from Director FSL Srinagar on February 13, 2012 who advised to send the samples to Baba Atomic Research Center Trombay for expert opinion as no such facility is available at FSLs in the State.
The report states that subsequently the samples were sent to Baba Atomic Research Center Trombay but they returned the swabs and hair sample with the directions that the analysis can be carried out at Directorate of Forensic Sciences laboratory Maharashtra, Kalina Santa Cruz Mumbai.
The swabs and hair samples were taken to the Forensic Laboratory Kalina Santa Cruz Mumbai. “They returned the swabs with the directions that the facility of such analysis is available at CFSL Chandigarh” the report states.
“Accordingly, the swabs were finally sent to Director CFSL Chandigarh, however the analysis of the samples have not been taken by the experts till the production of an attested copy of the facsimile of seal used by the Magistrate for sealing of the samples” reveals the report.
As per the report, correspondence was held with the concerned Magistrate who had sealed the samples taken from the body.
The Magistrate, however, on February 29, 2012 intimated the investigating team that the seal used during collection of the samples was not official seal and can be obtained from then Tehsildar North presently Tehsildar Chari-e-Sharief, the report states.
The report reveals that subsequently communication was held with the Magistrate on February 1, 2012 and reply is yet to be received.
The report states that constable Muhammad Altaf who was on escort duty with the then SHO M R Gunj, told the police that at the time of the incident, they came under heavy stone pelting. “This compelled one of his colleagues head constable Abdul Majeed to fire some rounds in the air with an anti-riot gun. But he does not have knowledge or information regarding the incident in which Tufial Matoo had died,” the report states.
The report also stated that statements of three independent witnesses Ghulam Nabi Soz son of Ghulam Ahmad of Rajouri Kadal, Nissar Ahmad Hazari son of Muhammad Rajab of Gojwara, Shabir Ahmad Khan son of Ghulam Muhammad of Doomb Pora who lives in the proximity of the spot of occurrence, were also recorded.
When contacted Tehsildar Charar-i-Sharief, G R Wani, told Greater Kashmir that the swabs and hair samples were authenticated under his seal and signature.

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