Srinagar: The Human Rights Commission of the Jammu and Kashmir has said although a CRPF Court of Inquiry (COI) had identified 15 of its troops who had massacred more than 60 mourners at Hawal in Srinagar in 1990, no challan has been yet produced in the court.
On that day, when the funeral procession of prominent martyred Hurriyat leader, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq reached near the Islamia College at Hawal, the CRPF personnel stationed outside the college opened indiscriminate firing on peaceful mourners, leading to death of at least 60 people besides causing injuries to scores others. The authorities had announced a ‘time-bound’ enquiry into the carnage.
A 12-page report of the investigation wing of the Commission said that the CRPF troops stationed at the Islamia College were responsible for killing innocent civilians without any reason and were held guilty by the COI. “The inquiry committee also agreed upon the fact that the men on duty appeared to have forgotten the act of restraint and magnanimity,” said the report.
The investigation wing of the Commission had conducted an inquiry into the massacre in 2014. The investigation came after a petition was filed in this regard by the human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo.
Lakhan Singh (DSP), Mukhtar Singh (SI), Rajinder Singh (SI), Satpal Singh, T A Param, Muhammad Ghalib Khan, D Krishna, Desh Raj, Om Singh, Prem Singh, Y Krishna Rao, Y Shakula, D N Singh and A K Mita of CRPF had been held responsible for indiscriminately firing on the funeral procession of Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq.
In the interim report, the Commission has charged N Sarvada, the then Additional Superintendent of Police who had conducted the investigation of the case and had submitted 20 case diaries, of being biased and callous in probing the case. “The ASP had not recorded the statements of the eyewitnesses that is, the shopkeeper or any injured persons, who were near the scene of occurrence, and had only recorded the statements of CRPF officials who in their statement stated that a large procession coming from Soura towards Islamia College was shouting anti-India slogans,” the report said.
The Investigating Officer had failed, the report states, to obtain even the list of the deceased and injured persons and hadn’t taken any serious steps to investigate the case in an unbiased manner.
In 1994, the case was closed by the Crime Branch. “Till date no final report had been submitted to the concerned court,” the report said.