Srinagar: The International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) on Thursday expressed solidarity with the families of six youth from Sopore, who were killed by the army 14 years ago allegedly in custody.
“The families of six youth are still waiting justice as they were innocent and killed in a staged encounter by the army. We express solidarity with the families in their fight for justice,” said chairman IFJHR, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo in a statement.
According to the statement, on the intervening night of May 15/16, 2000, the six youth , from Sopore, were picked up from their residences by the army then stationed at Ganjoo House, Sopore and were tortured to death.
“Then their bodies were taken to Tanghdar, Kupwara, where the media was told that the youth were killed in an encounter,” Untoo said.
Next year, IJFHR filed a petition at State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) which transferred the case to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) which after seeking reports from the police and the army closed the case saying that the youth were killed on border by the army at Tanghdar, while infiltrating into the valley.
“Even after the passing of 14 years, the IFJHR and the families of the victims reject the NHRC verdict and demand an impartial and independent probe into the incident so that justice will prevail,” Untoo said.
“With regard to almost all the cases pertaining to Kashmir, NHRC has always been prejudicial in its approach. With all the staged encounters and other issues related to human rights violations by the army and paramilitary forces, the Commission continues to use different yardsticks when it comes to cases connected to Kashmir,” Untoo added.