A month after Jalil Andrabi’s killing, dreaded government gunman Sikander Ganai was found dead along with four other people in a taxi near Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. Three of them were his close associates who had allegedly helped Avtar Singh eliminate the lawyer. The fourth was later identified as one Muhammad Amin Malik, the taxi driver.
While government forces destroyed evidence here in Kashmir by eliminating the renegades involved in Andrabi’s abduction and subsequent killing, Major Avtar Singh was provided travel documents by the government of India, and escaped to Canada. The slain lawyer’s relatives came to know of his presence in the country through reliable sources.
The court issued a warrant o arrest, but it was not carried out.
Meanwhile, the Major moved to the United States. In July 2007, he was arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations department for unlawful presence in the US, and subsequently placed in removal proceedings.
This notwithstanding, Singh opened a trucking company – Jay Truck Line – which he had named after his youngest son, and was doing quite well, according to his friends and close aides.
He was arrested again in February 2011 for domestic violence. The government of Jammu and Kashmir issued a statement that a team had been sent to New Delhi to seek the Major’s extradition. The government, however, had sent no team, and extradition proceedings were never initiated.
A few months before his death on June 6, 2012, Singh had received threatening calls from unidentified persons. He was disturbed, a neighbor Narinder Kaur Sunny, later told the press.
Sunny, who considered Singh as her brother, said that he had told her a month ago, “If I have to go, I will take the entire family with me.” When asked did she (Sunny) think Singh killed his family, she said, “Yes. He used to say he did not want to leave his wife and children behind to struggle.”
On June 6, 2012 shortly after 6 a.m. the Selma police department received a 911 call from Singh, who said that he had just murdered four persons and was about to kill himself. He then disconnected the line. Singh killed his son and wife and finally shot himself.
Acknowledging Jalil Andrabi’s contribution to human rights in Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) conferred the Robert Thorp award on him in 2006. The Government of Pakistan also conferred the Hilal-e-Imtiaz on him in 2001.