Srinagar: Four years after a petition was filed in the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), the DIG Police on Wednesday submitted a report on the 1990 ‘Handwara Massacre’, saying “BSF men killed 14 persons including a former legislator and a police cop”.
The report reads that on 1st October, 1990, police personnel namely Abdul Hamid, Ali Mohammad, Farooq Ahmed, Sonaullah and Mohammad Maqbool were deputed in Handwara town for patrolling duties. In the meantime, fire engulfed the town and some police personnel tried to reach police station Handwara but it was cordoned off by 76 Bn of BSF (Border Security Force) under the command of Ratan Raveen. “The BSF personnel forcibly entered inside the police station and threatened the police nafri to kill them and set ablaze the police station,” reads the report submitted by the CID wing of J&K Police to the SHRC.
Constable Ali Mohammad, Ghulam Nabi Shapoo (revenue clerk Handwara), Nazir Ahmed Khan of Chogal, Nazir Ahmed Dar of Braripora, Ghulam Rasool Malik of Khanbal, Ghulam Rasool Sofi of Kupwara, Ghulam Rasool Hajam, Mohammad Hayat Najar, Mohammad Amin Banday, Ghulam Nabi Mir Mst.Azize, Mehraj-ud-din Tantray and Shahzad Ahmed Pir, all from Handwara, were killed in BSF firing in 1990, says the report.
The petition in the SHRC was filed by the chairman of International Forum for Justice, Human Rights (JK), Ahsan Untoo, on 28 Feb 2013. The SHRC Vs Union of India case made the Union Home Secretary, DG Police J&K, IG BSF Kashmir Range and SHO P/S Handwara as respondents. The police submitted its report four years after the petition was filed.
Untoo said that the police have only submitted “a half report”.
“Why they (culprits) have not been arrested in the last 28 years? No BSF man was held responsible. Nobody even touched the BSF,” Untoo said.
SHRC Chairman Justice Bilal Nazki has directed the DGP of J&K Police to submit a detailed report and the present status of the case within two weeks. The next hearing of the case has been scheduled on December 15, 2017.
The police report further reads that a case under FIR No 119/1990 U/S 302, 307, 436 RPC was registered and during the course of investigation it was ascertained that due to firing by BSF personnel, 14 persons were killed including former MLC Ghulam Rasool Malik and police head constable Ali Mohammad.
“During the course of investigation all the legal formalities were completed and bodies of the deceased were handed over to their legal heirs for the last rites,” the report said.
The DGP mentioned in his compliance report that an investigation parade was conducted but no BSF personnel were identified, and finally the investigation of the case was closed as untraced.