Family of man allegedly killed by Papa Kishtwari protests on death anniversary

Family of man allegedly killed by Papa Kishtwari protests on death anniversary

SRINAGAR: The family and relatives of Ali Mohammad Mir, a resident of Nishat area of Srinagar, who was allegedly tortured and killed by notorious counterinsurgent, Papa Kishtiwari held a protest demonstration demanding justice on Wednesday, marking the 23rd anniversary of the “murder and disappearance”.
The body of Ali Muhammad was never found, and the family is still fighting for justice in the courts.
Scores of family members and relatives assembled at the Pratap Park on Wednesday chanting slogans for justice.
Ali Muhammad’s son Zahoor Ahmad Mir has been at the forefront of the struggle for justice in the face and life threats, torture and intimidation.
“On 26th June 1996, my father was tortured and killed in cold blood. He was murdered by Ikhwan commander Ghulam Mohammed Lone alias papa Kishtiwari and his associates. Among those recorded and confessed 236 innocent killings by Papa Kishtiwari, only my father’s body has never been found,” Zahoor said.
On 26 June, “when the whole world communities including India are observing International Day in support of victims of torture”, Zahoor said, he had his father have been victims of torture
“My life has been a struggle and torture from last 23 years. But my fight for Justice will always have high spirits,” he said. “No one has supported us, and my victimized family. It looks liked justice delayed justice denied with my family members.”
He also made an appeal to international and national justice bodies “to kindly work at least for DNA testing of 2156 unmarked Graves approved by State human rights Commission (SHRC),”
“In this regard a case is registered by myself, in High Court, so that, I can identify my father and lay his remains to rest with his ancestors, where a grave is waiting for his return,” Mir said.
The family also appealed the government and court to help the family get justice.