Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday said that the Gawkadal massacre case has been closed as despite a lot of efforts to trace the culprits no clue was found. The police in its reply also stated that all the records pertaining to the case at police station Kralkhud were washed away during the “devastating” floods in 2014.
The reply was submitted to the State Human Rights Commission by Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar on Thursday after the SSP was directed by the chairman SHRC to submit the status report as to why the police had delayed the investigation into the January 21, 1990 Gawkadal massacre.
The petition was filed by Rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in July 2012.
The SSP in his report said that strenuous efforts were made to trace the culprits but no clue was found. “Finally the investigation into the case was closed as untraced,” the report reads.
It states that the records pertaining to the case including case diaries kept at police station Kralkhud were washed away during the devastating deluge of 2014 and the file has now been retrieved.
“Matter is under process for presenting the final report before the court of law,” the report reveals. The case is now listed for argument on February 28.
On January 21 1990, the Indian paramilitary troops opened fire on a group of pro-freedom Kashmiri protesters. At least 50 people were killed. Some authors term the incident as “the worst massacre in Kashmiri history”.