Never expected justice from Army court: Families

SRINAGAR: The families of Pathribal fake encounter victims on Friday described army’s closure report ‘disappointing’ saying that they had never expected any justice delivery after the case was handed over to army court.

Abdul Rashid Khan, son of Jumma Khan (one of the five civilians killed) said, “We are extremely disappointed not that we expected any sort of justice from the army’s court but for the collapse of justice delivery mechanism in the country.”

Jumma Khan, around 50-years-old man of Brari Angan was one of the five civilians killed in the Pathribal fake encounter. “I want to ask the people at the helm that were the CBI findings, DNA tests, Supreme Court observations and above all the bodies of our families wrong? We had made our mind the day this case was handed over to the army court that we will never get justice till our death,” Khan, said.

Ghulam Nabi Malik whose elder brother Mohammad Yousuf Malik resident of Halan Verinag was killed in the encounter said, “We have already expressed our opinion that army court will never help us. How can we expect justice from killers of our family members. We had requested that the trial be conducted by a civil court which did not happen. So we were mentally prepared that there will be no justice in our case through army court proceedings.”

The family of Bashir Ahmad Bhat of Halan Verinag who was also killed in the Pathribal faek encounter says that army has dashed all its hopes of justice and fair-play. “We were told to repose trust on army court but it was propaganda and nothing more than that. They have dashed all our hopes for justice in the matter,” Ghulam Rasool Bhat elder brother of Bashir said.

Khan said that CBI investigations had raised their hopes. 

“CBI charged Army soldier with murder while Supreme Court approved the report submitted by CBI but surprisingly the Army surpassing both gave clean chit to the ‘killers’ and closed the case,” he said.

“Can anybody challenge the DNA report prepared by a Kolkatta lab. When witnesses after cross examination maintained that government forces killed five civilians in cold blood then how come Army close the case and allow perpetrators to roam free,” he said.

He said that the CBI in its report categorically maintained that Security Forces were under tremendous pressure after Chattisinghpora incident. “CBI in its report maintained that in order to show their performance and give an impression that killers of Chattisinghpora were gunned down by Security Forces, Army staged a fake encounter and killed five civilians in Pathribal.” 

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