Srinagar: The PDP should put its pre-poll rhetoric on the 2010 agitation into practice by investigating the role of former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and former Senior Superintendent of police Ashiq Hussain Bukhari into the killing of 125 unarmed protesters, mostly young boys, during the protests, kin of some of the deceased told Kashmir Reader.
“PDP vehemently condemned these killings. Recently its senior leader Naeem Akhtar told the media that Omar should be tried in a court…the PDP must now move beyond words and investigate why people were killed,” said Mohammad Ashraf Mattoo, death of whose 17-year-old son Tufail Mattoo in police shooting sparked off the uprising in 2010.
Mattoo said the BJP-PDP government has enough grounds to book Omar, and added that the uniformed men “who killed innocent civilians have not vanished in thin air but were very much present in their ranks and offices”.
“Even Ashiq Bukhari admitted that he received millions of rupees from Omar Abdullah for crushing the uprising. His statement is the sufficient proof to show that Omar was the mastermind of the carnage and deserves the strongest punishment for rewarding the killers of the innocent civilians. Now we see killers blaming each other,” he said.
The police and CRPF troopers had fired to kill, as post-mortem reports of the deceased showed that almost all of them had been fired in the chest, abdomen or head, said Mattoo.
“Hundreds of people were rendered handicapped with brute use of force. And thousands of youth were arrested and their career was destroyed forever… 2010 and its aftermath is the darkest chapter in the history of Kashmir,” he said.
He added that pro-India parties—and pro-India politicians such as Sajad Lone who had condemned the killings in studios of TV channels—are morally bound to seek action against the guilty, otherwise it seems they were “speaking about the killings only to get votes”.
Farooq Ahmad Sheikh, whose son Zahid Farooq, a Class 11 student was shot dead near his home in Nishat area by BSF soldiers in 2010, said pro-India parties should not “raise the hopes of victim families if they are not serious about delivering on their promises”.
“No politics should be done over the bodies of our martyrs. If PDP is serious and sincere they must put Omar Abdullah and other perpetrators on trial…we want to see results, not TV shows,” he said.
Farooq Ahmad Wani, whose teenage son Wamiq Farooq was also killed during 2010, said, “We will not get our kids back. However, if punishment is given to guilty, it will set a precedent and save our younger generation from getting slaughtered.”
Asiya, whose only brother Bilal Ahmad Wani shot dead by CRPF troopers in Sopore during the 2010 uprising, said the family wants the killers of her brother to be “hanged publicly”.
“I can never forgive how my brother died. I know how CRPF men prevented me from taking him to the hospital when he was sinking. His death changed our lives forever,” says Asiya, the eldest among four sisters.
“My brother was studying and also working as a daily wager to fend the family. After his death we are living a miserable life,” she added.
Ghulam Mohammad Tantray of Palhalan, whose son Ansar was killed in September 2010, says pro-India parties say one thing in power and another out of it.
“When the PDP was in opposition, they lashed out at the NC over civilian killings. Now when they are in power why don’t they bring perpetrators to the book? They won’t, because all pro-India parties play politics over the graves of Kashmiris,” he said.
Echoing Tantray, Farooq Ahmad Khanday, whose nephew was among the three people shot dead by the police in Anchidora, Anantnag, said the state will never deliver justice to the families of the victims.
“What has the state done to punish those killers who were identified? We don’t expect justice from the government. Only Allah will deliver us justice, sooner or later,” he said.