'Papa Kishtwari murdered 150 civilians in Pampore alone'

Saffron town residents move court with details

Unrest is growing in Pampore town of Pulwama district where people are up in arms against infamous government gunman Papa Kishtwari. Kishtwari, who was arrested recently by the police, murdered at least 150 civilians of the area in the past 17 years, the residents allege.

Armed with a list of 22 people, killed in cold-blood allegedly by the dreaded gunman and his cohorts, the residents moved court on Wednesday, under the banner of Pampore Committee, demanding death to him.

They said the dead, including a woman, were no militants but students, drivers, businessmen, government employees, farmers, labourers, and an attorney of the south Kashmir town famous for saffron. “He killed 153 civilians of Pampore and its adjoining areas while working for the Army and the Special Operations Group of Police, and amassed huge property,” the people told Greater Kashmir.

They said they’re busy in compiling list of all the victims and have decided to approach President APJ Abdul Kalam, the National Human Rights Commission, the State Human Rights Commission and other human rights organisations to get justice.

“It is the responsibility of the government of India to punish Papa Kishtwari, as it bestowed him with unbridled powers which he misused extensively,” they said.

Ghulam Muhammad Lone alias Papa Kishtwari alias Mumma Lone worked as a watchman in a factory in Pampore before becoming a government gunman and going on killing spree.

“There are some police and army officers who are trying to shield Papa Kishtwari. But we’ll resist their efforts tooth and nail,” the people said.
Some of Kishtwari’s alleged 22 victims are: Peerzada Ahmad (student), Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Azad (general secretary Auqaf), Shakeela Bano (housewife), Fayaz Ahmad Wani (contractor), Muhammad Shafi Ganie (driver), Irshad Ahmad Bhat (labourer) and Muhammad Shaban Dar (government employee).

The people claimed that Papa Kishtwari owns two houses in Frestabal, a house and eight shops at Narwal Bhatinda, Jammu, a house in Kishtwar, many buses, Sumos, Scorpios, and some more vehicles.