Fake encounter accused seeks bail to attend daughter’s marriage, victim families protest

Nusrat Sidiq
SRINAGAR: A subordinate court in Srinagar recorded arguments regarding bail plea of a former policeman serving jail term for his involvement in sensational fake encounter killings. The court will decide in next two days whether the accused would be released on parole in the wake of marriage of his daughter. One of the accused in the case, former superintendent of police Hans Raj Parihar has already been released on bail.
The relatives of accused Farooq Ahmad Padder, a resident of Kokernag, who was a constable driver with Kashmir police, have pleaded before the Principal district and sessions judge, Rashid Ali Dar to grant him bail so that he could attend the marriage ceremony of his daughter scheduled on May 2 and 3.
However, the families of five civilians who were killed in fake encounters by the gang of policemen before passing them off as foreign militants, objected to granting bail to Padder and demanded stringent punishment to all accused in the sensational case.
Abdul Rehman Padroo, a carpenter, Nazir Ahmed Dekka, a perfume vendor, Ali Muhammad Padder, a cloth seller, Nazir Ahmed Wani, a merchant and Showkat Kataria, a cleric—were killed in fake encounters. Their bodies were later exhumed and identified through DNA testing. The families pleaded before the court that accused Farooq Ahmed Padder must not be released on bail as he is involved in heinous killing of innocents for earning rewards and promotions.
Rayeesa Rehman, elder daughter of Abdul Rehman Padroo in an emotional tone asked the court as to how the accused would be bailed out to attend the marriage of his daughter when the families of victims are seeking justice. “We are hardly surviving and the killers are roaming around on bail,” she said and pointed towards her12-year-old brother Mudasir Rehman who was 40 days old when his father was whisked away in December 2006.
Padroo’s wife Muneera Begum said, “I lost everything for the past 12 years. I am coming to the court for justice but the killers are roaming free and applying for bail to attend marriage ceremonies of their daughters. What about my daughters and daughters of other victims whom they have killed. Who will look after them?” she asked.
“I have four daughters and a son. I am bringing them up and arranging for their education with my own resources,” she said.
Tasleema Akhtar, wife of Nazir Ahmed Dagga said, “They (accused) should either be hanged or left to rot in prison for their entire life. They are established killers and I don’t understand why court is not punishing them,” Akhtar whose husband was selling perfume in Lal Chowk he was picked up from and subsequently shot dead in a staged encounter.
“I have two kids aged 13 and 11 years. Who will look after them? They snatched happiness from my family for awards and promotions. I appeal to the court to provide speedy trial in this case because it is already established by the investigating agencies that these cops and officers were behind the killings,” Akhtar said.
The court has already bailed out SSP Parrihar while other accused in the case–driver Farooq Ahmed Padder,  DySP Bahadur Ram, ASI Farooq Gudoo, Manzoor Ahmed Malik and Constable Bansi Lal are languishing in Central Srinagar since 2007.