Despite lapse of three years, Justice eludes the families of four persons killed in firing by Border Security Force (BSF) men on people protesting over sacrilegious act at Dhadam in Gool area of Ramban district.
Four persons, including a government school lecturer and an Imam, were killed and around 42 others injured when paramilitary BSF men resorted to indiscriminate firing twice on a protest demonstration in Dhadam, Gool area on July 18, 2013.
The killings sparked massive protests across the state for several days forcing the government to order separate probe by police and Divisional Commissioner Jammu.
Sensing the gravity of situation, then home Minister Sushil Kumar of Congress led UPA government was forced to give an assurance in the Lok Sabha to hold a through probe into the matter bring the guilty to the book. The NC led state coalition government also made tall claims to do justice with bereavedfamilies, but instead police arrested people managing a local Madrasa for allegedly spreading false rumors about desertion.
The brutal use of force and firing on peaceful protest killed a 38 year Higher Secondary lecturer, Manzoor Ahmed Shan of Gool, a 16 student, Javed Iqbal Manhas, of Bhimdasa, 40 year old Abdul Latif Bakrwal, of Dhadam and 53 year physically challenged man Faroqq Ahmed Beg of Gool.
However even after filing charge sheet by the SIT, six accused BSF men are yet to be punished for the cold blooded murder of four persons.
The SIT during investigation identified six BSF men involved in the firing and filed the charge sheet against them, while it also booked the caretaker of a Madrasa and his brother for allegedly sparking protests by spreading rumours about desecration of holy Quran.
To the great dismay of the bereavedfamilies, instead of prosecuting the accused personnel in a local civil court, they were tried in by BSF in its own court which is yet to conclude.
The family members of the deceased persons said they were assured that the killers will be punished but nothing has been done so far. "We already knew fate of such investigations in the state. It is just the hope we still have", a relative of one of the deceased persons said.