ANANTNAG: Family members of three youth who were shot dead by police at Anchidora here four years ago, on Sunday said that re-investigation ordered by state government into the killings by government forces during the summer agitation of 2010 was a ‘joke’.
The police shot dead three youth on June 29, 2010 when they were chasing pro-freedom protestors. Shujaat-ul-Islam, Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khanday and Imtiyaz Ahmad Itoo were killed in the compound of a house.
Government ordered a magisterial inquiry and appointed the then Assistant Commissioner Revenue, G M Dar, as inquiry officer. The inquiry team in its report indicted five policemen including two officers into the killings as per their level of involvement. The report was submitted to the government following which Chief Minister Omar Abdullah assured action against the culprits.
On the fourth anniversary of the killing of three youths, their family members says justice seems nowhere in sight and that have lost faith in the system. “All our hopes for justice stand shattered. Ordering re-investigation into the 2010 killings is nothing but a joke, an election gimmick,” Ahmadullah Khanday, father of one of the slain youth, Imtiyaz Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader.
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah then said that people involved into the killings of three youth will be punished within one week, Khanday said. “But four years have passed and justice remains elusive. When he could not deliver justice in four years what is the fun of ordering re-investigation? It is simply an election gimmick after his party’s recent debacle in elections,” Khanday said.
He said he was even denied a copy of the magisterial inquiry report by the government. “The then ACR Anantnag probed the incident fairly. But when I approached the concerned quarters for getting the copy they refused to provide it,” Khanday said.
Talib-ul-Islam, brother of another slain youth, Shujaat-ul-Islam, said that the government has made its inquiries a laughing stock. “Everybody knows the fate of inquiries ordered by the government into the killings and other human rights violations. They have become a laughing stock now,” Islam told Kashmir Reader. He said he fails to understand the fun of ordering re-investigation when the killers have already been identified.
“Out of over 120 civilian killings in 2010, government at least knows the killers in case of my brother and the two other slain youth. The killers were exposed by the inquiry officer appointed by none other than this government. So I want to ask Omar Abdullah what punishment was given to them,” Talib said.