September 7, 2005 | 1 Comment
Five years later, the Central Bureau of Investigation has completed its report on its investigation into the faked encounters of Kashmiri civilians in 2000 by the Indian Army in Pathribal:
The Army and police, in a joint operation, killed five innocent civilians who they said were responsible for the massacre of Sikhs at Chittisighpora in 2000.
Since then the family of one of the victims, Jumma Khan, is fighting for justice. They are living under constant threat and feel terrorised.
According to the media, the report lets the senior police officer off the hook for the killings.
In March 2000, 35 Sikhs were killed in Chattisinghpora village in Kashmir. A few days later police tried to pin the blame on “foreign mercenaries,” killing five people. After Kashmiris demonstrated against these killings, claiming the victims were Kashmiri civilians, the Central Reserve Police Force and Kashmir police fired on the demonstrators, killing nine more civilians. A judicial probe later indicted the CRPF for “excessive firing.” Although the police officers were suspended, the government has not taken any action against the responsible CRPF personnel.