Magisterial probes: A justice-delaying exercise?

The disclosure about government’s failure to complete the inquiries comes at a time when government has ordered a similar probe into the killing of two civilians by Army in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday.

UMER MAQBOOL
Jammu, Publish Date: Jan 28 2018 11:52PM | Updated Date: Jan 29 2018 1:00PM
Magisterial probes: A justice-delaying exercise?Representational Image

Not a single probe ordered into civilian killings during the past seven months has been completed, raising questions about government’s commitments to provide justice to the families of victims in Kashmir.

Details gathered by Greater Kashmir reveal that three separate inquiries were ordered by the state government into the civilian killings since June 2017. But till date none of them has been concluded, vindicating the claims of rights groups that these exercises have been nothing more than a time–buying exercise to cool the tempers.

The disclosure about government’s failure to complete the inquiries comes at a time when government has ordered a similar probe into the killing of two civilians by Army in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday.

 

Shopian killing

In June 2017, the government ordered a probe into the killing of Adil Farooq of Shopian district.  But it is yet to be taken to its logical conclusion due to “non-cooperation” of Army with the authorities probing the death.

Deputy commissioner Shopian  MuhammadAijaz Ahmad confirmed to this newspaper that the  probe has not been completed as yet. “We have sought details from the Army related to their deployment and ammunition( on that day) but they have not responded yet,” he said. Adil was killed on June 6 last year when government forces opened fire on youth during a search and cordon operation near Ganowpora village.

 

Handwara killing

The probe into the killing of Shahid  Bashir Mir of DarilPayeenHandwara is  also incomplete even as the death took place in August last year. “The probe is going on,” inquiry officer and additional deputy commissioner Handwara, Muhammad MuzaffarPir said. “It will take me at least two weeks to conclude the exercise.”

On August 21, Army claimed to have killed a militant in the forests of Handwara. The next day, it turned out that the slain militant was actually an unarmed civilian from the Daril village of Tarathpora cluster.

 

Kupwara killing

The fate of the probe into the killing of a sumo driver by Army in north Kashmir’s Kupwaradistrict  is no different.

The inquiry is still incomplete even as the district authorities had claimed that the exercise would be concluded within 21 days. 

“The probe is still underway,” inquiry officer Muhammad Abdullah Malik  toldGreater Kashmir.

He said he has recorded the statements of 12 witnesses so far. “I have also obtained the report from  the police ,”he said.

Asif Iqbal  was killed on the intervening night of December 16 and 17 when he had stepped out of his home to ferry a patient to local hospital. The Army, however, had claimed that he was killed in cross-firing.

 

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