SRINAGAR: Of the people killed in the Handwara Massacre of 1st October 1991, police have failed to trace the identity of three victims. State Human Rights Commission has now asked police to publish the names of untraced victims in local newspapers so that their families would come forward and identify them.
In a petition filed by the chairperson International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Ahsan Untoo, regarding the killing of 22 civilians in Handwara before the commission in 2013, the Director General of Police (DGP) submitted a report before the commission in November last year stating that 14 persons were killed in Handwara on October 1st 1990.
But the DGP didn’t mention in the report whether the next of the kins of the killed civilians were compensated.
The State Human Rights Commission had directed the government to file a comprehensive report regarding the compensation paid.
And in its recent report the police have identified 11 people killed in the massacre, and their next of kins provided the ex-gratia relief, but have failed to identify the three victims – Ghulam Rasool Sofi S/O Ab Rehman R/O Arampora, Gh Rasool Hajam S/O Karim R/O Handwara and Shahzad Ahmad Pir S/O Gh Din R/O Handwara – that were killed in the massacre.
The commission asked the police to publish the names of the victim in the local newspaper so that their families can identify them.
On Ist October 1990, according to the police report, police personnel namely Abdul Hamid, Ali Mohammad, Farooq Ahmad, Sonaullah and Mohammad Maqbool were deputed in Handwara town for patrolling duties. In the meantime, fire engulfed the town and some police personnel tried to reach police station Handwara, but it was cordoned off by 76Bn of BSF (Border Security Force) under the command of Ratan Raveen.
“The BSF personnel forcibly entered inside the police station and threatened the police nafri to kill them and set ablaze the police station,” reads the report submitted the CID wing of J&K police to the SHRC.
“Constable Ali Mohammad, Ghulam Nabi Shapoo (revenue clerk Handwara), Nazir Ahmad Khan of Chogal, Nazir Ahmad Dar of Braripora, Ghulam Rasool Malik of Khanbal, Ghulam Rasool Sofi of Kupwara, Ghulam Rasool Hajam, Mohammad Hayat Najar, Mohammad Amin Banday, Ghulam Nabi Mir, Mst Azize, Mehraj–ud-din Tantray and Shahzad Ahmed Pir, all from Handwara were killed in BSF firing,” says the report.
Source: Greater Kashmir