Culprits of Gawkadal massacre ‘untraced’, Srinagar SSP tells SHRC

Culprits of Gawkadal massacre ‘untraced’, Srinagar SSP tells SHRC
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Srinagar: In a report submitted to the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursday, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar stated that the case of the Gawkadal massacre of 21 January, 1990, has been closed as “untraced”.
The report said that despite full efforts made by the police to trace the culprits, no clue was found and the case was closed.
The report also stated that as all records of Police Station Kralkhud were washed away in the devastating floods of 2014, the case diary file of the instant case was also damaged, but has been retrieved.
“The matter was enquired into through SP North Zone Srinagar and during enquiry as per SHO police station Kralkhud, the file has now been retrieved,” the report stated.
“Matter is under process for presenting of final report before the court of law,” the report added.
Earlier, the SSP Srinagar was directed by SHRC Chairman Justice (Rtd) Bilal Nazki to submit a report as to why police had delayed investigation into the Gawkadal massacre, a case pending for 28 years.
In earlier reports on the case, the police have stated that army personnel fired in self-defence at Gawkadal on protestors, killing 50 civilians and wounding about 200. No army personnel have been identified for the firing as yet.
“An unruly mob in defiance of curfew orders was 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,” the police report in the case says.
A petition regarding the Gawkadal massacre was filed before the SHRC by human rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in July 2012. It was in reply to this that the SSP Srinagar submitted his report today. The case is now listed for arguments on February 28.