SRINAGAR: Paying a tribute to advocate Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Regoo on his 18th death anniversary, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Tuesday demanded reopening of his murder case.
Geelani, in a statement issued here, described Regoo as a brilliant advocate and a staunch supporter of Kashmir struggle “who was arrested in a joint operation of the army’s 17 Jaths and police on February 1, 1998, and was killed in custody on February 3. His body parts were thrown on road”.
Accusing the state of shielding the culprits, Geelani said: “Like Pathribal fake encounter, a conspiracy was hatched to close the case in which Colonel Bawa and Major Ponia of 17 Jath Regiment and a Kashmiri police officer Mushtaq Sadiq were involved. In this case, an FIR was lodged and initial investigations started, but after sometime, due to unknown reasons, the case was closed and the identified culprits were provided the safe passage.”
Hurriyat (G) chairman appealed the non-governmental human rights organisations to “help his family in reopening the file and make a documentation of the unjust killing of a lawyer”.
“There are thousands of cases in Jammu and Kashmir in which innocent people were killed by Indian forces, but none of the case was investigated, nor was any culprit punished. So it is the moral responsibility of the international community to use their influence to investigate the cases of such innocent killings in the disputed land of Jammu and Kashmir,” Geelani said.