Governor’s rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir following the dissolution of the assembly by the Sher-e-Kashmir. He had assumed power on February 24, 1975 after signing the Indira-Abdullah Accord that evoked severe criticism from various quarters.
But the Sher-e-Kashmir returned to power with a majority and ruled the state till his death.
1991: Mufti Baha-ud-Din Farooqi visits Kunan-Poshpora
On March 17, Mufti Baha-ud-Din Farooqi, a former Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, led a fact-finding mission to Kunan Poshpora. Over the course of his investigation, he interviewed fifty-three women who said that they had been raped by soldiers, and tried to determine why a police investigation into the incident had never taken place. According to his report, villagers claimed that a police investigation into the event had never commenced because the officer assigned to the case, Assistant Superintendent Dilbaugh Singh, was on leave. Farooqi later stated that in his 43 years on the bench he “had never seen a case in which normal investigative procedures were ignored as they were in this one.” Just a few months later, in July, 1991, Dilbaugh Singh was transferred to another station without ever having started the investigation.
During the night of February 22 that year, a contingent of the Indian Army had stormed the hamlet and raped scores of women and subject men to torture. An investigation held by the then chairman of the Press Council of India gave no credence to the charges.