KILLING OF 28 CIVILIANS BY FORCES IN 1991 AT KHANYAR: 27 years on, police yet to translate FIR into English

‘This has delayed sanction of prosecution by govt’

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 15 2018 1:11AM | Updated Date: Feb 15 2018 1:11AM
KILLING OF 28 CIVILIANS BY FORCES IN 1991 AT KHANYAR: 27 years on, police yet to translate FIR into EnglishRepresentational Pic

Despite passing of 27 years after 28 people were killed in firing by government forces at Khanyar here in Downtown, police is yet to translate the case file into English. 

Officials said this has delayed accord of sanction by government for prosecution of the accused forces.   

On 8 May, 1991, forced had opened fire on a procession carrying bodies of civilians killed in Dachigam and Saida Kadal. In the incident, 28 civilians were killed and 52 were injured.

In 2013, a petition was filed by chairperson International Forum for Justice and Human Rights in SHRC. The commission had sought a report from the DGP. After five years, the police submitted a report before SHRC. 

The report states, “report received from IGP Kashmir Zone Srinagar reveals that on 08-05-1991 case FIR NO. 41/1991 was registered in police Station Khanyar regarding death of 21 persons and 54 injured persons in the shootout by 2nd Battalion CRPF personnel at Khanyar Srinagar.”

The report further states, “the investigation of the instant case was closed as challaned. Subsequently, the file was submitted to Home department for accord of government sanction, wherefrom the case file was returned with some observation/ queries which are being taken care of.”

The commission asked the chief prosecuting officer (CPO) to file the copy of final report which was sent to the home secretary.

The CPO in connection to the direction passed by the commission submitted the final report. The report states, “the investigation of the instant case was closed as challaned. Subsequently, the file was submitted to Home department for accord of government sanction, wherefrom the case file was returned with some observation/ queries. The same were replied and the file was again submitted to home department for accord of sanction”

“But the same has been received back from the government home department vide letter no home/ pros/23/2017/5225 dated 14.12.2017 for English translation of copy of FIR statement of witness, final report and incriminating material relied upon and other documents in the CD file. The file will be submitted back to government home department immediately after translation of the requisite documents by IGP Kashmir Zone Srinagar,’ the report states.   

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