Anantnag: Residents staged a protest in Brariaangan in South Kashmirs Anantnag town on Tuesday to mark the 14th Anniversary of Pathribal fake encounter.
People along with the family members of the victims gathered near the grave yard of Pathribal and Bulbul Nowgam and remembered the departed souls and also observed a fateha khwani there.
Reports said that people carrying banners and placards seeking severe punishment for killers of those innocent men took out a march.
On this occasion, Rashid Khan the son of one of the victims of Pathribal fake encounter said that they will struggle till justice is delivered to them. He said that the way Army has given clean chit to the killers indicates that there is military rule in Kashmir while the State government is helpless and powerless to book and punish the culprits.
He said that Chief Minister Omer Abdullah raised this issue in the Assembly to gain sympathy from the people. Elections are coming and Omar Abdullah did lip service to gain some votes, Khan said.
Another protestor said that they will leave no stone unturned to get the killers punished. We have not given up and our struggle will continue, he said.
Nearly 14 years after the Pathribhal fake encounter, Army closed the fake encounter case saying the evidence recorded could not establish prima-facie charges against any of the five accused Army persons.
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