Srinagar, Jul 20: After 28 years since the Mashali Mohalla Massacre, the state government has admitted that nine persons were murdered in Mashali Mohalla massacre. The J&K government has written to the Government of India seeking prosecution against the guilty forces personnel.
The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) while hearing the application moved by IFJHRJK chairman Ahsan Untoo, directed that since the government has “maintained that nine persons were murdered”. “So the matters stands disposed off with a direction to the state government to finalise the matter related to relief under various rules within a period of six weeks,” reads the SHRC judgement by its chairperson Bilal Nazki.
According to the judgment, the J&K police has maintained that nine persons got killed but their particulars were not given and an FIR number 57/1990 U/S 302, 436, 406 RPC 3/27 A stands registered in police station Nowhatta.
Since the police has filed a charge sheet U/S 302 RPC, it can be assumed that the state is of the view that that nine persons were murdered,” reads the SHRC judgement.
“The State government has also written a letter to Government of India on 15/05/2018 seeking sanction of prosecution of security forces for murder of nine persons,” further reads the judgment.
On August 6, 1990 nine innocents were gunned down by paramilitary BSF personnel at Mashali Mohalla in old city.
The BSF men from 75 Battalion that night not only murdered 9 innocents but also molested women folk. Even E N Rammohan who served IG BSF from 1993 to 1996 in Kashmir said that he was ashamed of the incident.
According to the Court of Inquiry that was ordered, J K Sharma, then Additional Deputy Inspector General Commandant of BSF’s 75th battalion, along with his other colleagues which include Deputy Commandant R P Bhukal, Head Constable Gajjan Singh and Constable Uttam Singh. All four were initially suspended from service and subsequently given “routine” postings.
As per data available, the court of inquiry charged Sharma with “omission of effective command and control over his troops which led to uncontrolled firing which led to the death of civilians.”
The Court Martial was ordered against the DIG Sharma but till date nobody knows about the status of that case. (KNB)