Family Wants Guilty Punished in Civil Court

SRINAGAR: A day after Army said that it has indicted eight soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer for killing two youth in Chattergam area of Budgam district last month, the family members of the slain youth Burhan Yousuf Bhat alias Fisal Thursday demanded that all the guilty soldiers should be tried in civil court.

“We don’t believe in their (Army) inquiry and who knows whether they have really indicted anyone or not. A murder case already stands registered in Police Station Chadoors and if Army brass are sincere then they should feel no hesitation in taking these killer soldiers to the civil court,” Muhammad Yousuf Bhat, the father of the slain youth told CNS adding that even civil administration doesn’t know about the quantum of punishment given to guilty soldiers who were held responsible for killing innocent people in the past.

Bhat demanded that the photographs of all the nine soldiers should be published in daily newspapers so that people would come to know about those who played with the lives of innocent students.

‘I reject the inquiry that has been conducted by Army. Army is misleading the international community and human rights organizations by making such hollow claims that it will award punishment to the guilty while the reality is that they set the killers free without letting anybody know,” Bhat said.

He said nobody knows what happens inside an Army camp. “How can I believe them when I even don’t know which Indian soldiers are responsible for the killing of my son. Even I don’t know whether Army will put them behind bars or let them go. So my demand is that all the soldiers including their officers should be tried in civil court and their photographs should be published in daily newspapers so that no solider in future will dare to kill any innocent in future,” he said.

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