Seven years without justice

Inayatullah’s family is yet to come to terms with their irreparable loss



On the night of June 30, 2006, at around 9.30pm, a gunshot was heard about two kilometers from the heart of the Srinagar city center in Munawarabad Chowk. When Rahmatullah Bhat rushed out of his bakery shop, he saw his son Inayatullah Bhat lying flat on the other side of road near Hotel Ikhwan which is occupied by CRPF. “My son had received more than nine bullets,” he says.
Inayat’s friend Fayaz Ahmad Tramboo says he saw Inayat coming out of his home that day. “Suddenly there was a gunshot and he leaned on the ground I thought he is safe and suddenly there were several gunshots,” he recalls. He screamed to alarm people in the vicinity but no one came out, except Inayat’s parents.
Inayat, 30, succumbed to his wounds on his way to the hospital.  According to locals in the vicinity the army men knew Inayat. Eyewitness said army personnel had a “scuffle with Inayat for not paying for the bakery they had purchased from him.”
Rahmatullah owns a bakery shop just adjacent to his home, which is about 20 yards from the Ikhwan hotel. Ever since his crippled son was killed, his family is not able to reconcile with the loss. His daughter is still in depression and his wife experiences prolonged headaches and back pain.
Seven years have gone past since that day but the wounds are still fresh for this family.   “Asi chi basaan soon soori donya goe khatam,” says Rahatullah, fighting back tears. (For us the whole world has finished)  “We all are suffering from depression and illness since that day,” he says.
Inayat’s mother Hajra Banu is yet to overcome the trauma of losing her son. Tears seem to have dried up in her eyes. She takes me inside the room where Inayat was bedridden before this incident. Three years before his killing, Inayatullah had suffered multiple fractures in his hip when he fell from third storey of his house. He was operated upon many times and remained bedridden for nearly two years.
Inayat had done diploma in music and he was very passionate about music. Besides working at his father’s bakery shop, he was a part time musician in Radio Kashmir. But he left the music after he came to know that music is forbidden in Islam.
Inayat’s abandoned room on the second floor of his house has remained locked for seven years now. No one in the family dares to enter his room. The things that belonged to him have been kept untouched for seven years now. They are covered with a thick layer of dust. His guitar and harmonium lie in one corner. A Kangri and a basket made of wicker work, with a touch of silver foiling in the wardrobe, reflects his love for artistic things.  “It was after his demise we came to know he used to give alms to poor and needy women,” says Inayat’s sister, Azra. “After his death they came wailing here.”
Hajra rarely enters the room where her son was bedridden for two years. “mai chu basan soori dazaan.. Naar.. Naar,” she says. (I see everything burning…).
Rahmatullah Bhat runs a bakery shop to support his family but he has lost interest in work now. “We are still passing through the trauma which kills each one of us every day,” he says. “And my son’s killers are still free.”  After fighting his son’s case for four long years, he says he lost faith even in the judiciary. “There is no justice and no one ever will ever get justice here,” he yells.
“During my son’s death all Hurriyat leaders visited our home but I never saw them again,” he laments. “At least they should visit the kith and kin of martyrs.”
Ironically, after Inayat’s death police registered the case (FIR No.56/2006 under section 302) against the two CRPF troopers of 46 Battalion. But despite eyewitnesses and FIR report, the family says the police failed to produce charge sheet against the accused soldiers. “They were given impunity under the blanket of AFSPA, justifying that they mistook him for a Fidayeen,” says Rahmatullah.
Rahmatullah says in the beginning the authorities gave him full assurance of wining the case based on the eyewitness accounts. “But after few years they changed their stand by justifying that one could not see clearly in dark,”  he says. “I have ample eyewitnesses to plead my case who say that Inayat was first shot and then dragged to the other side of the road,” he adds. “But they still deny the proof.” 
(Bilal Bhat is an Izhar Wani Internee in Greater Kashmir)

Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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