Srinagar, April 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Human Rights Commission has sought the latest status of investigation into the 27 January 1994 Kupwara massacre and warrant against the culprit Indian army personnel including the warmonger, GD S Bakshi.

The Commission Chairman, Justice (Retd) Bilal Ahmad Nazki issued notice to the authorities on a petition filed by human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo.

Ahsan Untoo said a report has been filed by Inspector General of Police which reveals that the enquiry conducted after the information that “the troops deployed at Kupwara town under the command of 2nd lieutenant GD S Bakshi indiscriminately fired in bus stand Kupwara without any provocation and justification with criminal intention which resulted in the killing of several persons besides injuries to many others.”

He added: “During the investigation it is admitted in the report that the massacre was done under the then command of GDS Bakshi, lieutenant 31 Madras regiment.”

In the report, as per the petition, police served notice to Bakshi through General Officer Command Northern Command to appear before investigation officer of instant case but the concerned unit failed to cooperate with the investigating agency. He said that despite notice and court of JMC Kupwara, the army has not cooperated with the investigating agency.

“It’s crystal clear that during the investigation the concerned officer namely GDS Bakshi and the soldiers under his command killed the innocent people without any justification or provocation,” the petitioner said. He urged the commission to issue warrant against the culprit persons so that the investigation of the innocent killings comes to the conclusion.

The petitioner has also sought directions to the authorities for furnishing bio-data of the deceased and injured in the incident.

It is worth mentioning here that on 27 January 1994 that 27 civilians, mostly traders of Kupwara town, fell to bullets of Indian soldiers adding to the long list of killings of innocent civilians in such massacres carried out by the Indian forces in the Valley.


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