Srinagar, Feb 01: It proved a huge coincidence that on Friday when DIG N D Wani retired from his services, a Delhi newspaper reported exclusively his recommendation that the cops dismissed for the Brakpora massacre of March 2000 be reinstated. Wani was heading an internal enquiry that was constituted on the directions of high court.
The officer had submitted the findings of a departmental enquiry that he headed, to the state home secretary on September 12, 2013 in which he had established the involvement of the three SOG personnel – ASI Ashok Kumar and Constables Chaman Lal and Krishan Kumar in “unprovoked and unwarranted firing on a civilian procession”.
Interestingly, however, the officer had recommended their reinstatement saying “their suspension for the past 13 years has kept them away from policing [and] as such [a] lenient view is hereby taken.” DIG, however, recommended that their annual increments be forfeited, reported the Hindu.
Wani, a decorated officer who has even served the UN at one stage of his career, retired on Friday. There were two farewell functions organized for the warm send off at the conclusion of his service that started in 1984.
The same day, the Hindu carried a detailed account of how his recommendations may mean gross injustice to eight civilians who were killed at Brakpora by the three cops and four CRPF personnel. Action against the cops was recommended by Justice S R Pandian who headed the one member commission that probed the massacre of people seeking the whereabouts of 17 civilians who had gone missing in the belt after the Chttisinghpora massacre.