Shopian Bar Says Probe an eyewash

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Shopian:  The families of Shopian victims Saturday warned that if probe would not be conducted in a fair manner into the Gagran killings, they will come on roads and start agitation against the government. However, they hoped that this time the government would give no room to killers and they would be brought to justice.

The father of one of the slain youth, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat said that majority of the people in Shopian term the probe as mere eye-wash but he hopes that this time the probe would be conducted fairly and ‘killers’ would be punished so that no more innocent killings take place anywhere in Kashmir Valley.     

“Though we have no expectations from the government but it would be unfair if we don’t give government a chance to deal with the culprits. It is up to the government now to investigate the matter in a free and fair manner. I hope Government would not repeat 2009 when it claimed that two daughters of Shoian died due to drowning,” Bhat said.      

Another family member of the victims Rafiq Ahmed said that so many inquiry committees were constituted by the government to probe the killings of innocent people but no culprit was punished which sent a wrong signal.     

“The reality is that we have lost faith in the Justice system, but this time we believe that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah would mean business and there will be a transparent probe into the Gagrin killings,” Rafiq told CNS.    

Meanwhile, Bar Association Shopian termed the probe as time-buying process and said that we are witness to so many probes which were conducted to give safe passage to the ‘killers’.      

President Bar Association, Shopian, Advocate Mushtaq Ahmed Paul said that the people have bitter experience about such probes and they know iquiry commissions are constituted to pacify people. “This probe will not yield anything and we don’t expect anything from Justice M.L.Koul and the present government,” he said. 

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