SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed the state government to provide relief to the kin of the victims of 1990 Mashali Mohalla massacre under relevant SRO within six weeks, as the police in its report had admitted that nine persons were killed in Mashali Mohalla locality in Hawal area of Srinagar by BSF personnels in 1990.
Disposing off the petition related to the massacre filed by activist Ahsan Untoo, SHRC chairperson Justice Bilal Nazki said that since the government has “maintained that nine persons were murdered”, “So the matters stands disposed off with a direction to the state government to finalise the matter related to relief under various rules within a period of six weeks”.
Police in the year 2013 had probed the case and in their report submitted before the commission had stated that, “The inquiries got conducted into the matter reveal that on 06-08-1990, Police Station Nowhatta Srinagar received an information through reliable source to the effect that some BSF personnel entered the houses of locals of Mashali Mohalla Hawal Srinagar along with arms and ammunition and started indiscriminate firing upon civilians due to which nine civilians died on spot.”
“Soon after the incident, BSF personnel set on fire one residential house belonging to Showkat Ahmad Baba S/o Ghulam Mohammad and they later fled away from the spot.”
The commission observed that J&K police has maintained that nine persons got killed but their particulars were not given and an FIR number 57/1990 U/S 302, 436, 406 RPC 3/27 A stands registered in police station Nowhatta.
Since the police has filed charge sheet U/S 302 RPC, it can be assumed that the state is of the view that that nine persons were murdered,” reads the SHRC order.
“The State government has also addressed a letter to Government of India on 14 May, 2018 seeking sanction of prosecution of security forces for murder of nine persons,” the order points out. The commission remarked that whether sanction for prosecution of the accused personnels is granted by Government of India or not is immaterial as far as entitlement of relief to the Next of Kin is concerned. “So direction is passed to state government to provide relief to the kin of victims within six weeks,” order reads.
The BSF men from 75 Battalion that night not only murdered 9 innocents but also molested women folk. Even E N Rammohan who served IG BSF from 1993 to 1996 in Kashmir had said that he was ashamed of the incident.
The court of Inquiry that was conducted charged offences against J K Sharma, and then Additional Deputy Inspector General Commandant of BSF’s 75th battalion, along with his other colleagues which include Deputy Commandant R P Bhukal, Head Constable Gajjan Singh and Constable Uttam Singh. All four were initially suspended from services and subsequently given “routine” postings.
As per data available, the court of inquiry charged Sharma with “omission of effective command and control over his troops which led to uncontrolled firing which led to the death of civilians.”
The Court Martial was ordered against the DIG Sharma but till date nobody knows about the status of that case.
According to media reports, “Aag lagao… Mere ko dead body chahiye”, is what Sharma, had told his men before the gruesome massacre.