Srinagar: Rights activists and relatives of three persons killed in the Hyderpora encounter in Srinagar last month have urged the Jammu and Kashmir administration to make public the report of a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
The brother of one of the three killed, Mohammad Altaf Bhat, said during the protest on Monday, “It has been more than a month since the government ordered a magisterial inquiry into the fake encounter killings.” We have a right to know the result.
Altaf Bhat, Mudassir Gul and Amir Magre were killed on November 15 in what the police described as an encounter with terrorists. The family members of the slain had termed it a ‘brutal murder’.
Police had buried the three men in Handwara area of Kupwara district, but the bodies of Bhat and Gul were returned to their families three days later.
On November 18, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the matter.
District Magistrate Ejaz Asad immediately appointed Additional District Magistrate Khurshid Ahmed Shah as the investigating officer and directed him to submit the report within 15 days.
Calls and messages were sent to Assad and Shah for feedback on the status of the report, but they did not get any response.
RTI activist Raja Muzaffar questioned the government about the report. He tweeted, ‘It’s been more than a month now. Where is the magistrate inquiry report?’
— rtimuzaffar (@rtimuzaffar) December 20, 2021
The activist also posted a screenshot of Lt Governor Sinha’s tweet in which he had ordered an inquiry.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had tweeted, ‘A magisterial inquiry has been ordered by an officer of the rank of ADM in Hyderpora encounter case. As soon as the report is submitted in a time bound manner, the government will take appropriate action.
“The Jammu and Kashmir administration reiterates its commitment to protect the lives of innocent civilians and will ensure that no injustice is done,” he had said.
It is known that on November 15, during an encounter with terrorists in Hyderpora area of Srinagar, two civilians were also killed along with two suspected terrorists. Among them were Mohammad Altaf Bhat, the owner of one of the shopping complexes and Dr. Mudassir Gul, the other dentist.
According to the police, an illegal call center and a terrorist hideout were allegedly being run in the shopping complex. The police had claimed that Gul was a close associate of the terrorists and was running a call center in the shopping complex owned by Bhat.
Police had buried the bodies of both the people, saying they were associates of terrorists, while the relatives say that they were common citizens and demanded their bodies be returned. The bodies of all the four people killed in the encounter were buried in Handwara area of Kupwara district.
Family members of Mohammad Altaf Bhat (landlord), Dr. Mudassir Gul (tenant) and Aamir Magre (boy who worked with Gul) protested against the “killing” of their kin.
Aamir Magre was a resident of Gool in Ramban, Jammu. Magre’s father Abdul Latif Magre, 58, who is also a state bravery award winner, had told that his son used to work with Gul as an office worker.
(with input from news agency language)
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