Kishtwari Gang Still Has 150 AK 47s: Victims Tell Court

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Family Wants Ikhwan Group Disarmed

Srinagar – Victims’ lawyers today urged a district court to disarm the members of the government gunmen group of the detained Ikhwan leader Papa Kishtwari.

During a hearing on the killing of a Nishat contractor involving Kishtwari, counsel for the victim’s kin argued that his clients were under constant threat from the armed members of the Ikhwan leader’s gang.

“Nearly 150 AK 47 rifles are currently in the possession of the gunmen who were in Kishtwari’s gang,” counsel for the victim’s kin, Babar Qadiri, told the principal district and sessions judge here.

The case relates to the 1996 killing of a Nishat contractor who had allegedly been abducted by Ikhwan leader and then done to death.

Ali Muhammad Mir’s body has not been found even after 16 years, and his son last year filed a petition asking courts for DNA testing of unmarked graves found in North Kashmir to trace the victim’s body

Today the lawyer for Mir’s family told the court that his clients were living in constant danger to their lives from the group, and that the government had made no arrangements for their security.

He requested the judge to direct state authorities to provide proper protection to his clients. Observer News Service

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