Adverse Report Deprives Widow of Compensation

‘Police labeled my innocent husband as HM militant’

SRINAGAR: The widow of a deceased carpet trader whose husband was allegedly killed by Border Security Force personnel in 1993 in Pattan town of Baramulla district Monday alleged that police in its report have labelled her ‘innocent’ husband an HM militant as a result government refused to pay her compensation and job to one of her family members.

Safia Banoo from Gund Ibrahim Pattan said that on April 26, 1993, as usual her husband Showkat Ahmed Hajam left his home to buy some carpets from an adjoining area. “At Tularzoo, Hizb militants attacked BSF from 122 Battalion on that fateful day. Soon after the attack, BSF men fired upon my husband and killed him in cold blood. My husband was a businessman and not a militant,” she said and alleged that BSF personnel killed her husband at the behest of infamous Ikhwani Qasim Khar.

She said that after applying for compensation and government job, DC Baramulla sought report from Tehsildar, Pattan about the circumstance under which her husband was shot dead. “To my surprise, the police station Sumbal in its report has branded my husband as HM militant and even have claimed that they recovered arms and ammunition from his possession,” Safia Banoo said and added that the adverse and ‘fabricated’ police report has deprived her family of compensation and government job that authorities had promised to her at the time of incident.

She further said that all the people in her area could stand witness to the fact that her husband was not affiliated with any militant group and he had never taken any weapon in his hands. CNS

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