Police officer recounts how BSF murdered his cousin before his eyes

Police officer recounts how BSF murdered his cousin before his eyes

Srinagar: Twenty-four years after a student of the Government Medical College Srinagar was killed in cold blood by a Border Security Force (BSF) officer in his native Sopore town, his relatives have given up hope for justice. Nevertheless, they never tire of saying that had the student not traveled to his native town for a brief holiday, he would have, by now, been a successful doctor like his two siblings.
Riyaz Ahmad Kanjwal, 21, a student of MBBS third year at GMC Srinagar, was shot dead by a BSF officer from a point blank range on January 27, 1992. He had been standing on the debris of relative’s house that had been razed by the troopers a few days earlier. His crime, says his family, was that he looked into the eyes of the officer and dared to argue with him over the devastation caused in the town.
Riyaz’s elder cousin Mohammad Yaqoob Kanjwal, who retired as a senior police officer, told Kashmir Reader that Riyaz was killed in front of his eyes but he could do nothing to save him despite being a police officer. In fact, it was over the debris of Yaqoob’s house where his cousin was shot dead. The house had been burnt to ashes two days earlier but not a single soul could go to the locality due to strict curfew imposed in the area.
Yaqoob said that they had left their roadside house two days ago to escape the reprisal of Indian forces. “During the intervening night of January 24 and 25, 1992, our house was set on fire. Our neighbours told us that the troopers of 179 battalion of BSF burnt down our house. They even didn’t let the fire tenders to approach towards the burning house to dose flames,” Yaqoob said.
On the following sunny day, Yaqoob recounts, when the curfew was relaxed for a few hours, he along-with Riyaz and his friend Aijaz Ahmad, a life insurance company employee, went to see as to what happened to their house during the blaze. All other locals were rushing towards the area to look for their own houses.
“In the afternoon we reached at our place only to be shocked to see the house completely gutted. Riyaz and Aijaz began clicking photographs while I engaged myself in removing debris,” Yaqoob recalled. “All of a sudden, a 179-battalion BSF team began approaching us. They fired some shots in air to scare us away but we held the ground,” he said.
Commandant of the battalion was leading the team. He went into the gutted house where Riyaz and Aijaz were inside. They entered into an argument. The commandant insisted that the house was set ablaze by the militants but Riyaz told him that the BSF was involved in the arson. This infuriated the officer who ordered his men to shoot Riyaz.
“I couldn’t understand what was happening. The BSF men pulled triggers and in moment Riyaz was hit multiple times in his head and chest. He died instantly in front of our bare eyes. We were shell shocked,” Yaqoob recalled.
A police team was also there. They too watched the entire event but they did not do anything, he said.
“I took Riyaz’s body to Sopore police station and lodged an FIR 27/92 against trooper Ramesh who killed him. A BSF team also lodged a counter FIR claiming recovery of pistol from Riyaz’s possession. The claim was dismissed by the court after some years,” Yaqoob said.
Shortly after killing Riyaz, the BSF men took Aijaz into custody and subjected him to severe torture. He was pressurized to confess that Riyaz possessed a pistol. Aijaz died a year after his friend’s murder. He couldn’t live with the pain and suffering, his friends say.
Kanjwal was the third son of Abdul Ahad Kanjwal and the brightest among his siblings Dr Fayaz and Dr. Fida.
“We followed the case investigations for 12 years till 2004. Whenever, the case file was sent to ministry of home affairs, they picked up holes in the police investigation on the FIR. We don’t know what they did to that FIR later,” Yaqoob said.
“I was a police officer, an eyewitness of the brutal murder. I know how justice was denied to us and how my cousin’s killers went scoot free,” Yaqoob told Kashmir Reader.
“Hundreds of Riyazs have been killed in every nook and corner of Kashmir. Their relatives are also deprived of justice just like we have been deprived,” he said.

33 Responses to "Police officer recounts how BSF murdered his cousin before his eyes"

  1. Dia   February 24, 2017 at 10:41 am

    It doesn’t matter for occupiers, whether they are killing an police officer’s member of family or an common person, they just want to kill, a job they have been hired for in Kashmir.

  2. Dr. Shouket   February 22, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Ahmed. U shud be named as hamaar. That fitts u better. I think somebody of ur close shud be killed in front of ur eyes to make u understand how to feel pain and how tortuous it is!

  3. Delhities   February 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

    This is just too bad, however I would only say that yes time has changed a lot now, even in Delhi this kind of cases be seen and heard, this is the only problem any democracy has in this world…. I can understand the pain…. As I did see something like that in our family with one of my cousin brother….. however the problem of Kashmir is not being free from India, it’s about free from army, for that you guys need to come out of that militancy phase, once that militancy phobia is over no army man would keep distance from Kashmir as armies are made for border not cities…. May Kashmiries understand that by picking gone you only create problem by picking book and gaining knowledge you will become solution…. May Allah guide us all and be peace everywhere…..

  4. AW   August 30, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Sorry for this precious loss of a budding doctor at such a young age .It takes two to tango ? Only the soul of the late Riyaz Ahmad Kanjwal would know the truth . But the harsh arguments at wrong time without the full knowledge of facts with fatigued soldiers can lead to violent incident , But RAMESH if he did without any reason would definitely be repenting it till today. And that is a difference between your own soldiers and occupational forces my brother . My heart felt condolences for the untimely death of your cousin but there is no benevolent country like INDIA in this world .The secularism and pluralism is the core of our constitution. For believers of SHIRYAT and ALLAH Nizam followers a land proportionate to the muslim population was carved at the cost and account of INDIAN nation . This land was for our brothers who could not face the oppression of the various invaders from Mohmmad Ghaznavi to Nadir Shaw and were forced to convert to ISLAM under the shadow of sword .If this the plurality and secularism is too disturbing for your peace of mind kindly consider migrating to the land of pure and build up the future of your coming generations . May Allah bless all

  5. Burhan   August 19, 2016 at 3:33 am

    And still you Joined JKP which means JAWO KHAWO PYO ,HA hahahahahahahah

  6. Sunil   August 15, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Its just a one sided story to get sympathy.To every action there is opposite and equal reaction Riyaz Ahmad Kanjwal, what was he doing standing at the debris razed by Security agencies?

  7. Aamir   July 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    You all should know Sopore has sacrificed at highest degree, itz not only the story which I saw in comments it is real happening and still happening with Kashmiri people. If it cannot be stopped now then never. So please pray for Kashmir and support to the last drop of blood. It is the need of the hour.

  8. Aafaque   July 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I know him very well.. he was my classmate. A real gentle man. .. ALLAH GIVE HIM HIGHEST PLACE KN JANNAH

  9. Younis   May 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    He could have saved many,if he would have been alive……Riyaz will be missed always.

  10. Rumaina   May 26, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Life has its own way of justice n surely things vl b better on this paradise ..inshallah

  11. Mujtaba   May 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    There are always two sides of a coin …

  12. Saweed   May 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    This is the reality of Indian dogs …

  13. Haider   May 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Bitter truth is there are hundreds of Riyazs who have been killed everywhere in Kashmir ….

  14. Sumaora   May 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    This is the bitter truth of Kashmir that our own police is working army and then they get to taste this type of tragedy ..but they don’t remember that by helping these assholes (Indian army men) they are going to get very bad reward…

  15. Heena   May 24, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Killed in front of his family members and nothing has been done to punish the killers instead they might had been promoted for killing many Riyaz’s in Kashmir

  16. Shab   May 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Police gets to taste their own medicine

  17. Wasifa   May 23, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Police man are our own people so we should be sympathetic to those who have lost their nearers and dearer-es just like common people…!!!!!

  18. Sameer   May 22, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Sainik colony concept came way before,which the government tried to use as a shield to their pro-indian policies…!!!

  19. Mehraj   May 20, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Exceptions are always there,just like this story…..a police can be target too….so civilians not alone…!!!!

  20. Sameer   May 20, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Spine chilling story…..These are the stories which papers should report…..Hundreds of Riyazs have been killed in every nook and corner of Kashmir. Their relatives are also deprived of justice just like we have been deprived,” he said.

  21. Abid   May 19, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Such kind of stories are important…..Its important to remember…!!!!!

  22. Rabiya   May 18, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Tragic episodes like these can be a learning lesson for some people who in their whole life has supported the enemies of our Kashmir state

  23. Sad   May 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Its totally pathetic condition of Kashmiris

  24. Ahmad   May 16, 2016 at 8:49 am

    This is called Indian justice …

  25. Gul   May 16, 2016 at 8:44 am

    @ Dia … 100% truth .i agree

  26. Dia   May 14, 2016 at 9:10 am

    At least the fact is known that justice is not delivered to anyone in this part of so called India be it police or common masses

  27. Javid   May 11, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Police getting taste of their own medicine,anyways my sympathies with this family….!!!!!

  28. Dia   May 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Yes indeed it’s an awesome story ….

  29. Eeshan   May 10, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Awesome Story .

  30. Zubi   May 10, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Brilliant story,it might open the eyes of some who are so called nationals to indian state (J&K police).NIT incident was not enough for them.

  31. Gul   May 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Mr asim very well done ..it opened my eyes to the fact that the Indian nationals (states) n even the their officials are not delivered the justice to them ..so common masses ki toh baat hi nahi hai …justice delayed n never delivered is the only motto of Indian judicial system ..

  32. Dia   May 10, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Mr Ahmer ..it’s easy to say such things bcz the only person who can feel the pain of such atrocity is the person who has gone through this ….

  33. Ahmer   May 9, 2016 at 11:20 am

    There is no insurgency in the world where such things do not happen. Hopefully, the new approach of the CM brings the much awaited normalcy and peace.