2 Years On: Report Indicting CRPF For Civilian Killings Gathering Dust

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Srinagar: Justice (rtd) M.L.Koul Wednesday lamented that justice was not delivered to the family members of victims killed by Para-military Central Reserve Police Force in 2013.

Four persons including three innocent youth Tariq Ahmad Mir, Tauseef Ahmad and Muhammad Yusuf and a Pakistani militant Abdullah Haroon were killed in CRPF firing at Gagrin area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on September 7, when music maestro Zubin Mehta performed in Srinagar.

 “It is really sorry to state the old father of a victim still visits my office and demands justice from me. He doesn’t understand that my job was to probe the incident while to award punishment to the guilty and compensate the victim families is the job of the government. The report is gathering dust in the Home Department,” Justice Koul told local news agency CNS.

The one-man Koul Commission constituted by previous Government submitted its report in July 2014 in which he had indicted CRPF men for innocent killings at Gagrin Shopian.

The Commission while justifying the killing of ‘Pakistani’ militant Abdullah Haroon, had termed the other three slain youth as innocent and had demanded compensation to the families of the victims and stern action against the guilty CRPF personnel.

 “I had asked the Government to provide Rs 5 lakh each to families of the slain youth and provide a government job to a girl whose slain brother was the only bread earner for the family. But those recommendations were not implemented,” Koul said.

Meanwhile, the family members of the three innocent slain youth lashed out at the government for using inquiry committees as a tool to hoodwink the people. Gulzar Ahmed Mir, a resident of Okai Kulgam whose brother Tariq Ahmed Mir was one of the victims said that ever since the death of Tariq, the family members have undergone a lot of stress and hardships. “Tariq was a walnut merchant and sole bread earner for the family. Not to talk of initiating action against the guilty CRPF personnel, the government has not provided a single penny to the family,” he said adding that people in Kashmir have lost faith in inquiry committees. (CNS)

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