Crime

State Govt delaying prosecution in 279 Human Rights abuse cases: APDP

SRINAGAR: The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons has said the state government was delaying the prosecution in 279 cases of human rights violations, even after the accord of sanction by the central government.

“Writ petition, pending before the J&K high court reveals that from 1990 to 2007, 455 cases had been sent by the state government to the government of India for sanction, out of which 279 cases were sanctioned for prosecution,”

the spokesman of the APDP, Ghulam Nabi Mir, told reporters during the Association’s monthly meet here.
The troopers, he said, were committing “war crimes” and “worst kind of human rights abuses” with impunity. “The legal impunity is the main reason for the enforced disappearances. The state has no will and determination to prosecute the perpetrators.”

The association also demanded the arrest of the former deputy superintendent of police, Abdul Rashid Khan Alias Rashid Billa, the main accused in the Soura triple murder case. It said Billa was present in Valley and moving freely. “He is a perpetrator of war crimes and is involved in many cases of disappearances. He is enjoying state patronage,” the APDP said.

Billa, apart from being involved in several cases of disappearances, was also accused of killing three scooter-borne youth in June 1999. They were intercepted by police near Soura police station and then allegedly done to death by the accused. While the body of one was fished out from Dal Lake , other two bodies were exhumed from a little known village, Kitchama, near Sheri in north Kashmir ’s Varmul district.

Following the investigation, the SDPO and other policemen were charged with murder. While the case landed up in the court, the SDPO was dismissed from service. “The inquiry conducted by the CID department had indicted Billa in the disappearance case of Fayaz Ahmad Beigh, university employees who was arrested from KU campus in 1997,” the APDP added.-SANA

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