Washington, March 16 : The human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has said that India should ask the United States to extradite Major Avtar Singh, a former Indian army officer who has been evading murder charges for 15 years after formally charged with the murder of prominent Kashmiri human rights lawyer, Jalil Andrabi. The spokesman of Amnesty in a statement said, “The Amnesty International has repeatedly appealed to the Indian authorities to ensure that the killers of Jalil Andrabi are brought to justice and that people’s confidence in the rule of law be restored”.
He said those responsible for the death of Jalil Andrabi have remained free for years, despite persistent efforts by his family and members of the Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association to obtain legal redress for his death.
Avtar Singh was arrested in a case of domestic violence in late February in California, US. His wife testified against him to the California police and was later released on bail. An interpol notice issued by a Srinagar court has been pending against him since February 2010.
Jalil Andrabi, a Kashmiri lawyer and human rights activist, exposed a number of human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir in early 1990s. He was last seen on March 8, 1996 when he was taken away by army men led by Major Avtar Singh. Nineteen days later, his dead body was found in the river Jhelum.<<-KMS