Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) will lodge a formal complaint next week against former chief minister Omar Abdullah and former senior superintendent of police Ashiq Bukhari into the killings of more than 123 people, mostly young boys, during the 2010 mass uprising.
“The complaint will be lodged on Monday or Tuesday at Ram Munshi Bagh police station, which has the jurisdiction over Gupkar where Omar Abdullah lives,” Hurriyat Conference spokesman Ayaz Akber told Kashmir Reader.
Hurriyat’s move to take legal course comes in the backdrop of Bukhari’s interview to a web portal, in which he has claimed that Omar Abdullah had asked him why he didn’t eliminate Alam instead of arresting him during the 2010 agitation.
The former officer, who achieved infamy as an officer of the dreaded Special Operations Group, also claimed that Omar Abdullah government paid him a reward of “Rs 1.50 crore” in recognition of his “outstanding work” and for “restoring peace (in 2010) with minimum possible use of force and maximum possible regard for the human rights”.
The Hurriyat spokesman said that if the police refuse to entertain their complaint, the resistance amalgam will take the battle to the court to ensure that the case is registered against Omar and Bukhari.
“We are fully prepared for this battle. We have devised a strategy after consultations with our advisors…we will pursue the case in sessions, lower and the high court, as the situation demands,” he added.
In more than a decade of its existence, Hurriyat (G) will be approaching the institutions of the state whose rule it has been fighting for the third time.
Akber said that Hurriyat Conference (G) will also seek support of civil society, academics, intellectuals, lawyers and people from all walks of life since the killings of 2010 have affected every Kashmiri in one way or another.
“We will also seek support from High Court Bar Association that has remained on the forefront of the freedom struggle,” he added.
Hurriyat Conference spokesman said that the conglomerate has already constituted a team that will pursue and mointor the case at different levels. However, he refused to name the members saying their security can’t be compromised.
“This is a lawless, police state. We have to take precautions as far as the security and safety of our team members is concerned. We won’t reveal their names as of now,” he said.
Referring to the army’s verdict into the Macchil fake encounter case, Akber said that if army can reportedly punish their men for killing three innocent Kashmiris and dub them as foreign militants for cash and rewards, why can’t the “killers” of young boys in 2010 be taken to task.
“After all, all the innocents, including teenagers like Wamiq Farooq, Zahid Farooq and Tufail Matto were killed when the Valley was seething with anger against the Macchil fake encounter. People want punishment for the perpetrators of 2010 massacre,” he said.
2009: Hurriyat Conference (G) challenged the continuous confinement of Syed Ali Geelani at his Hyderpora house in the High Court. Former Bar president Mian Qayoom represented the petitioner.
2014: Filed a defamation case against Times of India after its Srinagar correspondent Saleem Pandit reported that Geelani has nominated his son as his successor.