Chattergam Killings: Family Rejects Army Inquiry

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SRINAGAR

A day after Army claimed that it indicted eight soldiers and a Junior Commissioned Officer for killing 2 youth in Chattergam area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district, the family members of slain youth Burhan Yousuf Bhat alias Fisal Thursday while terming the claim of Army as a hoax to hoodwink the people demanded that all the guilty soldiers should be tried in civil court.

“We don’t believe in their (Army) inquiry and who knows whether they have really indicted anyone or not. A murder case already stands registered in Police Station Chadoora and if Army brass are sincere then they should feel no hesitation in dragging these killer soldiers to civil court,” Muhammad Yousuf Bhat the father of one of the slain youth told CNS adding that even civil administration doesn’t know about the quantum of punishment given to erring soldiers who were held responsible for killing innocent people in past.

Bhat demanded that the photographs of all the 9 Indian soldiers should be published in daily newspapers so that people would come to know about those killer soldiers who played with the lives of innocent students.

‘I reject the inquiry that has been conducted by Army. Army is misleading the international community and human rights organizations by making such hollow claims that it will award punishment to the guilty while the reality is that they set the killers free without letting anybody know,” Bhat said.

He said nobody knows what happens inside an Army camp. “How can I believe them when I even don’t know which Indian soldiers are responsible for the killing of my son. Even I don’t know whether Army will put them behind the bar or let them go. So my demand is that all the soldiers including their officers should be tried in civil court and their photographs should be published in daily newspapers so that no solider in future will dare to kill any innocent in future,” he said.

Pertinently, Army had claimed that it indicted nine soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer of 53 Rashtriya Rifles for killing two youth in Chattergam Chadoora area of Budgam district on November 3.

Faisal Yusuf son of Muhammad Yusuf and Mehraj-u-din Dar son Ghulam Muhammad of Chattergam were killed while two other youth critically injured after soldiers of Army’s 53 RR opened fire on a Maruati Car at Chattegam on November 3, triggering Kashmir-wide rage and severe condemnation.

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