28 years of Khanyar massacre: Police seek sanction to prosecute culprits » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar June 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, after 28 years, the Director General of Police (DGP), Kashmir, has forwarded the “Khanyar massacre” file to the Home Department of the territory for sanction to prosecute the accused in the case.

In a reply to a petition pending before the Human Rights Commission of the territory, the DGP submitted that the case file has been forwarded to the Home Department for accord of sanction for launching prosecution in the case registered at police station, Khanyar.

On the previous hearing of the petition, which was filed before the human rights body in 2013 by human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, the Commission had come down heavily on the puppet authorities and had said, “We are least interested in the initial correspondence between the Director General of Police and the Home Department. We are interested in the dispensation of justice to the victims.”

The petition was filed for the victims of the massacre in which 22 civilians were killed by the Indian forces in Srinagar’s Khanyar area. The petition stated that on May 8, 1991, when a peaceful procession was bearing the bodies for burial of persons killed in firing in Dachigam and Srinagar’s Saida Kadal locality, the forces’ personnel deployed at Khanyar opened fire on the mourners and killed 22 unarmed civilians, besides injuring more than 52 others.

“In this incident, one infant aged two years and his father were also killed. Also, four persons of the same family got killed,” Ahsan Untoo stated in his petition.

Meanwhile, the puppet regime submitted in sealed cover a summary report of Koul Commission on killings that were committed by the Indian forces during 2010 mass uprising.

A division bench of acting Chief Justice, Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura re-sealed the report after perusing the same. The bench posted the case for further consideration on July 10.

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