Srinagar: The government of Mehbooba Mufti, who vowed to take the police investigation to its “logical conclusion”, on Monday declared in the Supreme Court of India that Major Aditya Kumar is not named as an accused in the police FIR (First Information Report) registered at Shopian police station for the killing of three civilians.
The government’s U-Turn came as a rude shock to those who trusted in the chief minister’s words. On social media, several people posted images of the police FIR, clearly showing the name of Major Aditya and his 10 Garhwal Rifles unit.
Police had charged Major Aditya and his 10 Garhwal Rifles unit with murder, attempt to murder, and endangering life of civilians in Shopian district. Three civilians had died after army opened fire on protestors in Shopian’s Ganowpora village on January 27.
While Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti vowed to take the police investigation to its “logical conclusion”, members of her coalition partner BJP demanded an immediate revocation of the FIR filed against the army.
Today, J&K Law Minister Haq Khan did not respond to any question from this reporter. He said he was busy in a meeting.
Later, the law minister could not be reached on his phone, despite repeated attempts.
Similarly, Law Secretary Abdul Majeed chose to ignore repeated phone calls. So did the Minister of State (MoS) for Law, Ajay Nanda.
On February 12, the Supreme Court had restrained the Jammu and Kashmir Police from taking any “coercive steps” against army soldiers, including Major
Waseem Sheikh, the brother of one of the slain youths, Javed Sheikh, said he had lost faith in the institutions of justice in Kashmir.
“We knew the outcome of the FIR,” Sheikh said. “So we did not go to the police to file an FIR. Lakhs of people have died in Kashmir, none of them got justice. We knew we will not, too. It is just a waste of time. The government is theirs… instead of delivering justice, the state machinery has institutionalised mechanisms to choke any form of justice.”