SHRC issues notice to four police officers

Commission Fixes Next Date Of Hearing On May 28


Srinagar, Apr 17: State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Tuesday issued notices to four police officers, including former Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) PS Gill, to an application by two rights groups seeking reinvestigation into the 1995 abduction of six foreigners by Al-Faran militants.
A new book published recently alleges that the foreigners were killed allegedly on the directions of the security forces.
A division bench of SHRC comprising Javaid Kawoos and Rafiq Fida issued notices to Director General of Police, IGP Crime, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, former SSP Anantnag Ashkoor Wani and ex-IGP Kashmir P S Gill, who unsuccessfully contested recent assembly elections in Punjab.
International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) had filed a joint petition in the SHRC on April 6 seeking a fresh probe into the case.
The next date of hearing has been fixed for May 28.
“As part of the ongoing work on the issue of nameless and unmarked graves in Jammu and Kashmir, we request that the case of the four kidnapped persons (foreigners) be considered by the SHRC,” the petition had said.
The groups have called for an inquiry into “why no action was taken on various points despite the authorities having knowledge of the location of the hostages, and then subsequently their burial site.”
Paul Wells and Keith Mangan of Britain, Dirk Hassert (Germany), John Childs and Donald Hutching (US) and Hans Christan Ostro (Norway) were kidnapped by little-known Al-Faran militant group - believed to be a shadow outfit of Harkat-ul-Ansar - from the woods of Pahalgam in 1995.
While Childs managed to escape in the cover of darkness six days after his abduction, 27-year-old Ostro was killed and his body was located on August 13, 1995. The other four foreigners remain untraced.
Authors Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clarke suggest in a recently published book, “The Meadow: Kashmir 1995 — Where the Terror Began,” that the Indian government deliberately undermined hostage negotiations and prolonged the crisis to damage Pakistan’s reputation, and then used its own militants to take custody of the hostages before they were killed. WITH INPUTS FROM PTI

Lastupdate on : Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 18 Apr 2012 00:00:00 IST

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