4- years on, Doodhipora awaits justice
UMER MAQBOOL DAR
Doodipora, Feb 21: Family members of four children killed allegedly by army on February 22, 2006, in this frontier village are awaiting justice despite the government ordering a judicial probe.
“The guilty troopers of 33-Rashtriya Rifles were posted in the area after killing our children but neither the government nor the police acted against them. How can we expect justice now when they have been shifted out? We don’t know what happened to inquiry. Let the government make the inquiry report public if it is sincere in delivering justice to us,” the parents of the deceased youth said.
Recalling that fateful day villagers said that army cordoned off the area and directed people to stay indoors. “The army troopers fired indiscriminately on the children, Shakir Hassan, Sammad Mir, Ghulam Hassan and Amir Akbar, who were playing cricket in the open field. The deceased included two minors,” locals said.
Killings triggered Valley-wide demonstrations forcing the state government to order a judicial probe vide order no. 3185-LD (A) of 2006. Syed Tariq Ahmed Naqashbandi was appointed as the inquiry officer.
He recorded statements of witnesses, including police and other officials, but army troopers did not turn up, hindering the inquiry. After Naqashbandi retired the government appointed district and principal sessions judge Kupwara as the new inquiry officer.
In 2008 he sought state government’s help to seek army’s cooperation to conclude the inquiry, but army didn’t respond.
Sources privy to inquiry disclosed, that inquiry had almost been completed by Naqshbandi.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Feb 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Feb 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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