SRINAGAR, (SANA): Reiterating its demand for impartial investigation into the Pathribal fake encounter case, the Hurriyat Conference (G) said “any enquiry by the armed forces into the incident would be the travesty of justice and could in no way be reliable.”
In a statement here, the Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar claimed that the families of five civilians killed at Pathribal in south Kashmir’s Islamabad (Anantnag) district in March 2000 were being asked to attend Nagrota Army court in Jammu for recording their statements.
“The families of slain civilians were served summons by Army and directed to present themselves in Nagrota for recording their statements. The victim families have declared the proceedings as biased and disclosed that they feel insecure and thus refused to obey the summons. The family members of one of the slain civilians, while questioning the legitimacy of Army court, said why they insist to investigate the case in Jammu when the incident took place in Kashmir. All evidences support that the case should be investigated in Kashmir only,” said the spokesman.
Stressing for impartial inquiry into the Chittisinghpora and Pathribal incidents, the spokesman alleged that in both these cases Rashtriya Rifles and cops of Special Operation Group of police were involved. “Though the incidents took place 13 years ago, the killers are roaming free and are yet to be punished,” he said.
Terming the investigation by Army court as a mockery, the spokesman said, “How is it possible to seek justice from killers of the innocent persons?”
Stressing for impartial investigation by some international agency on the pattern as implemented in Bosnia and other conflict areas of the world, the spokesman said: “Until this process is initiated by some impartial agency such incidents would continue to happen and the threat to precious human lives will remain there.”