Hurriyat (G) demands immediate arrest of Rashid Billa

KL Report

SRINAGAR

While demanding immediate arrest of the Rashid Billa, a government gunman allegedly involved in the massacre of seven innocent and unarmed people at Sadrakoot Bala, Bandipora on October 5, 1996, Hurriyat Conference (G) Thursday alleged that the pro-Indian political parties provide shields to these kinds of Ikhwanies by giving them space into their parties.

While commenting over the issuance of notices to Rashid Billa by Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday, a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) said, “The court should go beyond the notice and direct the police for his arrest and file charge sheet against the accused. All the government gunmen (Ikhwanies) who were active in Sonawari, Hajan and Bandipora areas in 90’s and everyone of whom is involved in numerous innocent killings have been adjusted by the pro-Indian parties like NC, PDP and Congress which is becoming the main hurdle in initiating any legal action against them,” he alleged.

“The people are anger with these killers and murderers but due to their involvement in these pro-Indian parties, they fear to raise their voices. Abdul Rashid Billa is one of them and he is although directly involved in dozens of innocent killings but he is roaming free so far and there is no FIR registered against him in any police station,” the spokesman added.

He appreciated the steps taken by the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) who helped and supported the families of the seven victims in filing writ petition in High Court against the murder of 7 innocent people at Sadrakoot Bala, Bandipora on October 5, 1996. The spokesman, however, expressed apprehension that the pro-Indian party with which the accused is associated may once again try to save him and police will also shy away to take action against him.

While reiterating its demand of impartial investigation by some independent international organization into all these kinds of incidents of bloodshed, he said, “We can’t expect any justice from any institution of the state because all the institutions are parts of a same system which is directly responsible for all those killings and where there is no system of accountability.”

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