14th anniversary of Pathribal Fake Encounter observed

KL Report

SRINAGAR

On the eve of 14th Anniversary of Pathribal fake encounter, people staged a protest in Brariaangan village of South Kashmir’s Islamabad town on Tuesday.

People along with the family members of the victims gathered near the grave yard of Pathribal and Bulbul Nowgam and remembered the departed souls and observed fateh khawani there.

Reports said that people carrying banners and placards seeking severe punishment for killers of these innocent men took out a march.

On the occasion, Rashid khan the son of one of the victims of Pathribal fake encounter said that they will struggle till justice is not delivered to them. He said that the way Army has given clean chit to the killers indicates that there is military rule in Kashmir while the State government is helpless and powerless to book and punish the culprits who are all Indian army soldiers.  He said that Chief Minister Omer Abdullah raised this issue in the Assembly to gain sympathy from the people. “Elections are coming and Omar Abdullah did lip service to gain some votes,” Khan said.

Another protestor said that they will leave no stone unturned to get the killers punished. “We have not given up and our struggle will continue,” he said.

14 years after the Pathribhal fake encounter that rocked Jammu and Kashmir, Army closed the case saying the evidence recorded could not establish prime facie charges against any of the five accused Army persons.

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