Retired Dy.SP Abdul Hakim Bathery died on Saturday at the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital where he had been admitted with age-related ailments. He was 70.
He had been serving as Dy.SP of Kannur when he accompanied then Minister for Co-operation M.V. Raghavan on security duty during the latter’s visit to Koothuparamba to inaugurate a co-operative urban bank on November 25, 1994. On that day five DYFI workers had been killed at Koothuparamba when the police opened fire when the protest by DYFI workers turned violent. On coming to power in 1996, the LDF government ordered a judicial probe into the firing and on the basis of the probe findings initiated prosecution measures against Mr. Raghavan, Bathery, then Deputy Collector T.T. Antony, Thalassery ASP Revatha Chandrashekhar and others. Bathery, among those under suspension, had retired from service by the time the suspension of the officers was withdrawn by the A.K. Antony government in 2001.
He had been among the police and civil officers against whom murder charges were framed in the firing case following a private complaint. The High Court had subsequently quashed the murder charges against the officers including him. He is survived by his daughter Sabitha Bathery.
Hailing from Kumbala in Kasaragod, he had been residing here for many years. The burial would take place at the Kannur City Juma Masjid at 10 a.m. on April 14. The body was kept at the Police Club for public viewing in the evening.