Srinagar: A court ordered city police chief on Monday to personally inquire into the Hurriyat Conference (G) complaint seeking investigation into former SSP Ashiq Bukhari’s statement that former chief minister Omar Abdullah had offered him money for killing Hurriyat leader Masrat Alam during 2010 uprising.
Chief judicial magistrate Srinagar VS Bhou passed the order after being told that Srinagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) has asked a superintendent of police to inquire into the complaint filed by Hurriyat (G) general secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji.
“The inquiry officer cannot sub-delegate powers (conferred) upon him by the court,” the CJM said, and directed the SSP to file a detailed inquiry report on or before 5 May.
A former officer of the infamous Special Operations Group and now reportedly associated with the ruling PDP, Bukhari had told an online news portal that Omar rewarded him for putting down the 2010 anti-India uprising and had offered him Rs 25 lakh to “eliminate” Alam, who was the key mobiliser of the uprising in which 128 people, mostly young, unarmed boys, were shot dead
by the police and CRPF during demonstrations.
Sumji had demanded that station house officers of the police stations, under whose jurisdictions the killings happened, shall investigate into Bukhari’s revelations and into the killings.
“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,” the CJM had said.
Further, complicity of the persons mentioned in the complaint has to be established on the basis of the allegations, the court had added.
On March 18, the court recorded the statements of Sumji and witness Altaf Shah on oath in support of the complaint.
“In view of (Bukhari’s) revelations, it has become necessary to investigate into the matter so that the truth comes 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,” Sumji has 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 move high court if the need arises.
“All the youths were killed in targeted 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 and then the officer confessed in the media that whatever he did, it was on the directions of Omar,” the complaint said.
Bukhari, gained notoriety for his pro-active role in counterinsurgency operations in Kashmir.
According to Kashmiri Pandit writer and journalist, Rahul Pandita, Bukhari has been “instrumental in the killing of 300 militants”. The former cop was profiled along with some other Muslim police officers as part of “Khaki Fidayeen” in Open Magazine in 2010.