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Omar Govt has ordered 13 inquiries, 2 probes

As revealed during the recently concluded assembly session, the inquiry report about the killing of three youth Muhammad Amin Tantray, Muhammad Ismail and Nazir Ahmad Koja by personnel belonging to Rashtriya Rifles at Bomai Sopore on February 23, 2009 has been forwarded to Union Home Ministry.

In this case, even the Court of Inquiry ordered by Army held the Junior Commissioned Officer and two soldiers of 22 RR accountable for various lapses.

The inquiry report into the killing of a carpenter, Ghulam Mohiuddin Malik (33) hailing from Rajpora village of Pulwama district has been accepted by the state government. Mohiuddin was killed in his house by CRPF men on March 18, 2009. The police investigation in the case is going on.

The government has also accepted magisterial inquiry report into the custodial killing of Manzoor Ahmad Beigh of Aalochi Bagh Srinagar by SOG on May 19, 2009. The inquiry indicted SOG while a police official was found guilty of “service misconduct”.

As per the government documents, Khurshid Ahmad of SOG and his accomplices have been booked for murder charges under FIR 32/09.

The government also accepted inquiry report into the killing of four Baramulla youth by CRPF personnel on June 29, 2009. The state government has asked Director General of Police to procure names of CRPF personnel of 53 Battalion who were deployed in the area at the time of the incident.

However, in case of another youth Irfan Ahmad Lone who was killed in Baramulla town on July 2, 2009, the inquiry officer has failed to determine the cause of the death or the identity of persons responsible for his killing.

In another case involving the killing of Sajjad Lone of Ganapora Handwara, the government has accepted inquiry report. Besides, GOC 15 Corps has been requested that the two eyewitnesses of the incident belonging to 32 RR be made available. Sajjad was killed by Army on October 26, 2009 claiming that he was trying to enter the army camp.

According to government documents, the inquiry report by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir into the killing of Zahid Farooq of Brein Nishat by Border Security Forces on February 05, 2010 has been accepted and a case has been registered against five BSF men of 68 Battalion.

In this case, challan has been submitted to CJM, Srinagar which is yet to decide the committal of the case for trial.

The government has also accepted magisterial inquiry report into the killing of three boys- Shujat-ul-Islam, Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khanday and Imtiyaz Ahmad Itoo- at Islamabad by J&K Police on June 29 this year. The then SHO P/S Islamabad, Muhammad Ayoub has been placed under suspension for dereliction of duty where as disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against the then SSP Islamabad, Showkat Ahmad Malik.

Though the government claims to have accepted the inquiry reports in the above mentioned incidents, but many more such cases involving killing of civilians by forces are still shrouded in mystery and no action has been taken against the guilty.

The authorities are yet to file an FIR into the killing of 13-year-old Wamiq Farooq who was killed in police shelling on January 31, 2010 and was dubbed as a ‘miscreant’ by the  police.

Even a case against the deceased and others  under Section 307 was registered by police thereby putting a question mark over the earlier police claims that it had suspended an ASI for firing a teargas canister at Wamiq.

Likewise, in another case involving the killing of Tariq Ahmad Dar of Fidarpora during the intervening night of July 24 and 25, the state government maintains that the magisterial inquiry is under process.

Similarly, the investigation into the killing of footballer Mohammad Shahid Ahangar of Srinagar by CRPF on March 06, 2009 also hangs in balance. Though an FIR against the CRPF men was registered, but so for no charge sheet has been produced against the guilty by the police.

The killing of a deaf and dumb person Abdul Rashid Reshi, 45, from Pahalgam by Army on January 08, 2009 is also shrouded in mystery, even though government had ordered an inquiry. The cold blooded murder took place just yards away from Omar’s residence at Gupkar road.

In another case, involving the killing of a tailor from Kupwara by 18 RR on February 03, 2009, so far no guilty trooper has been punished. Though Army claimed Fayaz was killed in cross fire but subsequent police investigation maintained that there was no cross fire and termed his killing as unprovoked.

Apart from these inquiries, the government is also probing the killing of three youth on the Line of Control by Army on April 30.

Pertinently, a two-member Judicial Commission headed by Justice (Retd) Bashir- ud- din is probing 17 civilian killings from June 11 to July 13.

Ishfaq Tantry Srinagar, Oct 16