Delhi lawyer writes to Prez seeking special probe into killings of Kashmiri Hindus
On Saturday, a Delhi-based lawyer wrote a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind in which he has sought the reopening and reinvestigation by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the target killings of Kashmiri Hindus during 1989-90.
Vineet Jindal, a practicing Supreme Court lawyer, stated that thousands lost their lives in the targeted gruesome killings of the Kashmiri Hindus. After the massacre, successive governments assured Kashmiri Hindus of justice, but nothing happened, the lawyer said in his letter. He further said that 215 FIRs had been registered and the cases were investigated by the Jammu & Kashmir Police but to no avail.
He wrote, “Therefore, it surely builds a doubt about the kind of investigation that was done for these FIR’s and the Union government too failed to take any measures to ensure justice to the families of victims or punish ‘terrorists like Yasin Malik’ who was one of the proactive participants of the massacre.”
Highlighting the 30 years of delay in delivering justice in the matter, the letter said in such a shattering situation, the onus of investigation and punishing the culprits largely lay upon the police officials of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the administration.
The letter went on to say that there were are many others like Malik who were actively involved in the massacre and are supposed to be behind bars but due to the ignorant attitude of police officials and the lenient attitude of the previous governments, the victims were yet to get justice.
It also contended that while the investigations pertaining to FIRs lodged in the massacre cases yielded no fruitful results, manipulation of data of the victims can be observed in various reports.
There have been contradictions about the number of Kashmiri Hindus killed in the massacre as per the reports by different sources which reveal a vast variation in the data.
Jindal has described the horrors of the incident in his letter saying it was a terrifying incident when the life of Kashmiri Hindus spiraled into one of the worst nightmares with murders, gang rapes, grenade blasts, encounters, arrests, disappearances, which left the victims in utter shock and immense trauma leaving them vulnerable in every sense.
While the official figure of the Jammu & Kashmir government pegged the casualty of Kashmiri Hindus at just 219, estimations suggest point to a figure close to 700. After the dust settled down on one of the worst human exoduses the country has ever seen, the Kashmiri Pundits started to hope that justice would be delivered to them one day.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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