Riyaz BhatSrinagar, Feb 14:
Even after lapse of 27 years, police has failed to translate the FIR and statement of witnesses of 1991 Khanyar massacre in which 21 civilians were killed in indiscriminate firing of forces.
In reply to SHRC query on 1991 Khanyar massacre, police informed the commission that the Home Department sent back the file for accord of government sanction with some observations/queriesvide letter No. Home/ Pros/23/2017/5225 dated 14.12.2017.
The home department has returned the file to police for translation of the FIR of the case, statement of witnesses,incriminating material relied upon by police and other documents of the case.
“The investigation of the case was closed as challaned. The file will be submitted back to the Home Department after translation of the requisite documents by IGP Kashmir Zone Srinagar,” police informed the SHRC.
Earlier, police had informed the commission that on 08-05-1991 an FIR No. 41/1991 was registered in Police Station Khanyar regarding death of 21 persons and injuries to 54 others in CRPF firing at Khanyar, Srinagar.
The petition of the case was filed by human rights activist and chairman of International Forum of Justice (IFJ) AhsanUntoo in 2013.
In the petition, he has stated that about 5 pm on 8-5-1991, peaceful procession carrying bodies of persons killed in Dachhigam incident and those killed at Saidakadal locality were being brought for burial and the force personnel deployed in the area fired indiscriminately on the mourners, killing 20 unarmed civilians and injuring over fifty-two others.
Untoo in the petition has said that all the deceased were innocent and had never indulged in any anti-national activities and killed by forces without any legal justification.