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Kashmir widow for CBI probe into Hindu husband’s murder


New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday sought the Jammu and Kashmir government’s stand on a lawsuit seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the custodial death of a Jammu-based Hindu boy who married a Muslim girl.

Rajneesh Sharma was allegedly tortured to death by state police in October this year at the behest of his father-in-law, a police inspector.

A bench of Justices Altmas Kabir and Cyriac Joseph sought the state government’s stand on the lawsuit filed by Rajneesh’s widow, Anchal Sharma, who was Amina Yousuf before she got married and converted to Hinduism.

The lawsuit was jointly filed by Anchal and Rajneesh’s mother and brothers, who fled Jammu apprehending danger to their lives and are hiding in the national capital.

The bench issued notice to the state government, seeking its reply by Nov 27. The bench also ordered Delhi Police to provide security to the girl and her in-laws.

Asking for an independent CBI probe into Rajneesh’s custodial death, Anchal and her in-laws have said he was tortured to death by station house officers (SHOs) and other officials of the Musnshi Bagh and Bakshi Nagar police station in Srinagar at the behest of the girl’s father in the first week of October.

The lawsuit said the couple got married against the wishes of her father and brother on July 21 this year after she had converted to Hinduism and left Jammu on a honeymoon tour to various places in northern and southern parts of the country.

However, the Srinagar police, on a complaint by Anchal’s father raided Rajneesh’s shop in Jammu and apprehended his brother, who was made an accused in the criminal case for kidnapping the girl.

Continued harassment forced Rajneesh to surrender before police in early October this year. But he was never released from police custody and was eventually done to death by the policemen, alleged the lawsuit.