People who have seen Haider movie must have seen how the father of protagonist Haider died in custody of forces. Those who haven’t can read on the real life story of Rizwan Asad Pandit, a teacher who died in custody of Kashmir police recently.

He was a 28-year-old private school teacher who was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police and NIA in connection of alleged links with a militancy case. This might have called for investigation into his mysterious death. But, this also raises several questions. Firstly, how come a person dies while he is in custody? Are jails having police themselves not safe enough? Secondly, Was everything planned against the teacher?

Rizwan used to live in South Kashmir’s Awantipora. He was suspected of being involved in militant activities. According to media reports, he died during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. Rizwan’s family is denying his alleged militancy links. They claimed that all this happened because they are supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami.

People are protesting against his death in Awantipora. Hundreds of students are protesting against the incident. If one keeps law in mind, then even militants cannot be killed in custody. This is against law. Police has requested for inquiry of Rizwan’s death under section 176 of Code of Criminal Procedure. However, the death of a person in custody raises questions which Kashmir police needs to answer.


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