Srinagar: Kashmir lawyers’ body on Monday urged J&K high court to order an impartial probe into the “staged” killing of five militants at Chak, Dragmulla in Kupwara district.
“The chief justice and his companion judges being custodians of the life and liberty of the people,” a spokesman of the Kashmir High Court Bar Association said, “should take suo-motto cognisance and entrust the investigation of the case to a high level reputed impartial investigating agency to find out as to how and under what circumstances the five militants were killed.”
The army has claimed that the militants were killed in a gunfight that lasted several hours on Sunday.
The Bar said that it is the “legal duty of the high court” to investigate into this incident because the entire village population maintains the “encounter was fake”.
“People say that the faces of the deceased militants were in such a condition that it looked they had been killed five to six days earlier and then brought to the village to show that they had been killed in an encounter,” a Bar spokesman said.
“…the high court which is supposed to be the watchdog of the legal, fundamental and constitutional rights of the people and their fundamental freedoms, should show more sensitivity toward the issue and adopt a realistic and people friendly approach in finding out the truth so that the rule of law prevails and the guilty does not escape the clutches of law,” the spokesman said.
The lawyers’ body also strongly condemned the statement of forest minister Lal Singh, who allegedly threatened a delegation of Muslims with the “repeat of 1947”, when tens of thousands of Muslims were massacred by Hindu mobs aided by then Maharaja.
“It is a sign of his mental bankruptcy. Lal Singh should know that massacre of innocent Muslims is not something of which he should be proud of. It is a blot on the communal forces of Jammu and he not only should be ashamed of it but should have made mends in his behavior and assured all possible help to Jammu Muslims who had gone to meet him,” the spokesman added.
The Bar Association also demanded that he should be immediately sacked, “so that people like him, when in power, do not injure the sentiments of the people of the other faith.”
The lawyers’ body also demanded that the SHO of Police Station Gandhi Nagar, who had termed ministers threat of ‘little significance’, should be sacked.
“The incumbent posted in his place deserves to be directed to investigate the FIR lodged against Lal Singh, strictly in accordance with law, without getting influenced or overawed, by any means whatsoever,” the spokesman added.