Srinagar, April 24, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, in view of past records, the relatives of the civilians recently killed by Indian forces in Kupwara have expressed lack of confidence in the investigation process by not appearing before any so-called inquiry bodies.
The inquiry officers probing the killings in media interviews in Srinagar said that none from the eyewitnesses and families of the victims turned up to record their statements. A media report cited this public indifference as little credibility of these probes as nothing has come out of hundreds of similar investigations ordered after killings of civilians by Indian forces during the past 26 years. The inquiry officer probing the killing of Jahangir Ahmad Wani due to a tear gas shell, said that he would visit the spot where the youth was killed.
Assistant commissioner (Revenue) of Kupwara, Firdous Ahmad Raina, said none of the family members of the martyred youth and other witnesses came forward to record their statements, so far.” “I have requested the witnesses to come forward for recording their statements but, so far, no one has turned up,” Raina said. “I hope that in the coming days witnesses would turn up for recording their statements. We have informed them through electronic and print media,” Raina added.
The 20-year-old youth was killed on April 13 at Shatmuqam Drugmulla while returning after attending the funeral of Iqbal Manzoor Pir of Shalpora Drugmulla who was killed in army firing at Handwara the previous day. Similarly, no witness or relative of Nutnoosa and Handwara killing victims turned up to record their statements before the inquiry officers.
In the Nutnoosa killing in which Arif Ahmad Dar, an 11th class student of Awoora, was killed in army firing on April 15, additional deputy commissioner Kupwara Dr. Hafeez Masoodi has been appointed inquiry officer, while in Handwara killings where three persons – Nayeem Qadir Bhat (22), Iqbal Manzoor Pir (21) and 57-year old Raja Begum – were killed in army firing on April 12, additional deputy commissioner Handwara Muzaffar Ahmad Pir has been appointed as inquiry officer. Five persons were killed after people in Handwara accused an army man of molesting a local girl in Handwara on April 12.
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