SHRC directs SSP Srinagar to explain delay in Gawkadal massacre investigation

SHRC directs SSP Srinagar to explain delay in Gawkadal massacre investigation
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Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Monday directed Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar to appear before the commission on Feb 6 to explain the delay in completing the investigation into the FIR lodged in the Gawkadal massacre of January 22, 1990.
Chairman, Commission Justice (Rtd) Bilal Nazki issued the notice to SSP through Chief Prosecuting Officer (CPO).
The FIR into the case is pending for completion of investigation for the past 28 years.
The latest directions from the SHRC came in response to the petition filed by human rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in April 2012 seeking inquiry by the SSP SHRC investigation wing.
A reply filed by the DGP on August 23, 2017 regarding Gawkadal massacre before the SHRC had said that the report of SP SHRC JK that curfew was in place but the authorities failed to identity the Magistrate deployed on the date of occurrence to Gawkadal area, was baseless and misconceived.
“Also the SP, SHRC JK while concluding the enquiry, the enquiry officer alleged serious human rights violations at the hands of “security forces which is not true.”
The DGP added that from the report submitted by SP East Zone Srinagar on January 22, 1990 at about 11:15 hrs, “an unruly mob in defiance of curfew orders were chanting anti-national slogans, pelted stones upon the army personnel deployed for law and order duties… Some of the members of unruly mob even attempted to snatch the weapons of forces which compelled army personnel to open fire in self-defence due to which some people died and other sustained injuries.” Therefore, the report states, that the allegation levelled by the SP SHRC JK Srinagar that there was serious human rights violation at the hands of security forces “is grossly misconceived and against the facts and law”.
The petitioner while mocking at the forces claim said that world is aware that over 50 innocent civilians were killed and more than 200 injured on January 21, 1990 at Gawkadal in BSF firing. “When FIR was lodged, investigations were started, but the probe was left mid-way to shield the culprits,” he said demanding a thorough investigation into all killings by police in a time-bound manner.