2010 killings: Court dismisses Hurriyat’s complaint against Omar, Bukhari

Srinagar: A complaint filed by Hurriyat Conference (Geelani), seeking action against former chief minister Omar Abdullah and former SSP of Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari for their alleged involvement in the killing of over 120 persons during 2010 uprising in the Valley, has been dismissed by a court.
Srinagar chief judicial magistrate Masrat Shaheen said there is no “sufficient ground” for proceedings in this case.
Hurriyat (G) general secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji had filed the complaint in March this year and demanded that station house officers of the police stations, under whose jurisdictions the killings happened, should investigate into Bukhari’s “revelations” about the uprising in the print media and into the killings.
“(Sumji) has based the whole complaint on a statement to public at large through print media. Even in the complaint, (Sumji) has stated that the accused persons have leveled allegations against each other for killing of youth but there is no evidence which could have revealed that accused persons (Omar and Bukhari) have caused the death of the persons who have been killed in the year 2010,” the court said.
The court also observed that even the legal heirs of the deceased persons have not lodged any FIR against the duo, “which all reveals that (Sumji) has made the complaint on the basis of hearsay evidence and also on assumptions and presumptions.”
The court passed the order after going through the compliant and the inquiry report filed by Srinagar police chief, Amit Kumar, in June this year. He had concluded that Bukhari’s remarks were a “distorted account of his casual talk” with a journalist who had reported these remarks.
Kumar had filed the report in compliance to the CJM order to inquire into the complaint filed mainly on the basis of an interview in a media outlet, which quoted Bukhari as saying that Omar had asked him to kill Alam.
Bukhari, one of the most feared officers of the dreaded Special Operations Group, was the senior superintendent of police, Srinagar, at the fag end of the long uprising in 2010.
During campaigning for assembly elections last year, when Omar accused him of killings, Bukhari had told the media outlet that the former chief minister had awarded him Rs 25 lakh for putting down the uprising and also offered him money for killing Masrat Alam, the key mobiliser of the street protests.
After retirement, Bukhari had reportedly joined the PDP but given the notoriety of the SOG, its chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar promptly disowned him.
“It surfaced that the news story based on telephonic conversation was distorted account of a casual talk of the retired police officer (Bukhari) which got further distorted in subsequent publications,” Kumar had said, and exonerated the duo.
Kumar said that during Bukhari’s tenure as the SSP Srinagar, only 14 deaths occurred, which can be “attributed to dealing with law and order situation”.
“In all these incidents, FIRs have been lodged on relevant dates and these cases have been concluded after investigation,” he said.