Srinagar: A local court here on Tuesday directed Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar, to enquire into the “truthfulness or falsehood” of a complaint filed by Hurriyat Conference (G) against former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and ex-SSP Srinagar Ashiq Hussain Bukhari.
In his compliant, Hurriyat’s general secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji has referred to recent ‘revelations’ by Bukhari in a section of press and has demanded investigation through Stations House Officers concerned into more than 120 killings that took place in the Valley in 2010 when Omar was the CM.
“(Sumji) and his witness (Altaf Ahmad Shah) though have substantiated the allegations contained in the complaint, the allegations are serious in nature and require to be proved further in order to arrive at conclusion about truthfulness or otherwise of the same,” said Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar V S Bhou.
Further, complicity of the persons complained against has to be established on the basis of allegations, the court said.
“I, therefore, postpone the ‘issue of process’ for compelling the attendance of the persons complained against and direct an enquiry in terms of Section 202 CrPC to be conducted for the purpose of ascertaining the truth or falsehood of the complaint,” the CJM said, directing the SSP Srinagar to conduct a detailed enquiry to ascertain the truthfulness or falsehood of the allegations.
The SSP has been directed file his detailed report before the court on or before April 6.
Earlier the court recorded the statements of Sumji and witness Altaf Shah on oath in support of the complaint.
“In view of revelations that have come to surface, it has become necessary to have investigation into the matter conducted, so that the truth come to fore as regards the killings that took place during 2008, 2009, 2010 and thereafter, particularly during the regime of (Omar) and posting of (Bukhari) as SSP and they are punished accordingly in accordance with law,” Sumji said.
The decision to move the court was taken at meeting by the Hurriyat recently and the amalgam has vowed to pursue “this case till the justice is done, and if need arises we can take this to the High Court.”
“All the youths were killed in target firing (in 2010) and it wasn’t case of accident. During the election campaign of 2014, Omar Abdullah had many times said the former SSP Srinagar Ashiq Hussain Bukhari is responsible for the killings of 2010 and then the said police officer confessed in the media that whatever he did, it was on the directions of Omar, and for doing this he (Bukhari) had also received rewards from him,” a spokesman of the Hurriyat said.