23 years after his death, Sopore Hakeem’s family awaiting justice

23 years after his death, Sopore Hakeem’s family awaiting justice

SRINAGAR: Nearly 23 years after his “bullet ridden” body was found, the family of a local Hakeem in Sopore is still awaiting justice.
The family of Ghulam Mohiuddin Hajam, a local Hakeem of Armpora area of Sopore whose dead body with “bullet wounds all over” was found in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir in 1992, said that neither the police has done any investigation into the case till date nor filed any FIR.
While the family has been blaming forces for the “killing” of Hajam, the police have been maintaining that he was killed in a road accident.
Narrating the events, Ghulam Hassan, son of Hajam, said that his father, 45 then, had left for Aishmuqaam Shrine on August 11, 1992.
Next day, police informed the family that Hajam died in a road accident and his body was found on roadside in Goriwan area of Bijbehara in south kashmir.
“Police version said that my father died in an accident but there were bullet marks on his legs, chest and face which indicate that someone had fired on him. We are still confused why police said that he died in a road accident,” Hassan said.
“After two days we, along with some senior citizens, visited police station Sopore and tried to submit an FIR but police told us to lodge our complaint in Bijbehara,” he said.
“As we visited Bijbehara, the police there refused to entertain our complaint,” he added.
Hassan claimed that they confirmed from locals of the area who informed them that “forces killed an unknown person on the same date on roadside.”
“We realised that the forces had killed my father, Ghulam Mohiuddin,” Hassan said.
Hassan said they repeatedly tried to file FIRs in Sopore and Bijbehara police stations but to no result.
“Police did not respond to our complaints. Neither they filed an FIR not provided us a death certificate,” he said.
Mohammad Ashraf, a local of the area, also attested to what Hassan said. “We saw scores of bullet marks on his body but we were helpless before police and forces,” Ashraf said.
Hassan said that he is still waiting for the day when his family would get justice. “We want the people who killed my father without any reason be punished,” he said.
The family has also registered a complaint in state human rights commission. “Like other cases, our case is also pending from past years,” he said.

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