Srinagar: The government has attached the immovable property of notorious government-sponsored militiaman and counterinsurgent Ikhwani Abdul Rashid Billa, who is wanted in the massacre of seven civilians at Sadrakoot village in Bandipora district on 5 October 1996.
Sumbal Tehsildar Moeen Kakroo confirmed to Kashmir Reader that the property of the accused has been attached in government records.
The move comes on the directions of the local judicial magistrate (class first), who issued directions last week to the district commissioner Bandipora to attach immovable the absconding gunman’s property, including his revenue-earning land.
The other accused besides Billa are Mohammad Ayub Dar son of Lassi Dar of Hakhbura and Wali Mohammad Mir son of Maqsood Mir of Dudwan Saderkoot Bala.
The court also directed that a written proclamation against the accused be published in a daily requiring them to appear before the court within 30 days of publishing it.
It also said the proclamation should be read publicly in a conspicuous place of the town or village in which the accused reside and also affix the proclamation in some conspicuous part of the house in which the accused ordinarily resides.
On 5 October 1996, seven civilians had been massacred in Saderkoot-Bala, Bandipora by Ikhwanis who were then under the control of the Manasbal-based 13 Rashtriya Rifles camp.
An FIR no 125/1996 was registered by police following the killings but the accused remained at large till date. The eyewitnesses in the case have identified Billa as the man who led the killers. Billa, along with others, victim families said, barged into their houses at Bunpora village and opened indiscriminate fire, killing seven villagers including two women.
The J&K High Court passed an order on November 15, 2015 to arrest the accused. The slain civilians were identified as Abdul Rashid Dar, Abdul Salaam Dar, Ghulam Nabi Dar, Ghulam Rasool Dar, Hajira, Jawahira and Saifuddin Dar.
Fifteen others were injured in firing. That time Ikhwanis were angered over the villagers for voting for National Conference, not the Ikhwan-backed Awami League candidate in the 1996 Assembly elections.
The League was the political front floated by dreaded militia commander Mohammad Yusuf Parray alias Kuka Parray. The party contested elections in 1996 and Parray emerged winner from Hajin.