SRINAGAR: International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) on Tuesday staged a silent protest here at Pratap Parak and presented a report on Hawal Massacre in which over 60 civilians were killed and more than 200 injured while carrying the body of Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq in a huge procession.
The procession was fired upon near Hawal Srinagar on May 21, 1990 when people were carrying the body of Mirwaiz Farooq from SKIMS Soura to Mirwaiz Manzil, Rajouri Kadal.
“It has been 28 eight years since the massacre and no challan has been produced yet. Police has closed the case as untraced,” said Mohammad Ahsaan Untoo, chairman of IFJHR.
He said while Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi praises himself as a bold decision maker, let him take a decision regarding the massacres in Kashmir and investigate them as per their justice system and institutions.
Members of various Hurriyat organisations also participated in the silent protest and termed the Hawal Massacre as the first among many others in which “no action” was taken and “no one was ever punished”.
The forum urged State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) chairman to bring to justice those who are involved in the “worst form of human rights violations” in Kashmir.
“Let me tell the chairman of SHRC that SROs and ex-gratia relief does not mean justice which would only be served when those involved in these crimes are punished,” Untoo said.
The Forum also condemned the firing incident in Shopian district in which two girls were injured when army fired upon protesters for “opposing Iftar party”.
The IFJHR appealed all the international human rights organisations to “feel the pain of Kashmiri people and raise voices against the human rights violations here”.