Stating that disbursement of ex gratia relief to the next of kin of Gool firing victims should not close the chapter of what happened in the brutal incident, the CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said, if sincere, the government must administer justice to these families by arresting the erring BSF personnel without any further delay.
In a statement issued here today, Tarigami said given the number of such brutal incidents of human rights violations and the swelling number of enquiries ordered by the successive governments in past, the people feel dejected and have now loss their hope and trust from the institutions of justice and fairplay. “Mere ex gratia relief and a job won’t do. The families of victims of Gool incident crave for justice. The delay in arrest of culprits of Gool incident is adding to the opinion of a large section of people that this incident too may see the fate of incidents like Pathribal, Barkpora, Machil, Markundal, Chittisinghpora where families of victims are still running from pillar to post to know why there near and dear ones were killed?” he added.
The CPI (M) leader said probes have been announced in past also but nothing concrete ever came to fore. “Has anybody involved in 2010 killings of innocent youth been prosecuted till date? What happened to commission of Inquiry that was constituted by the state government to probe some of the 2010 killings? Not a single person in my knowledge has been handed down any punishment and had it been the case, repeated violation of human rights would not have occurred time and again.”
He stressed that had the government prosecuted a single security force personnel or policeman, the same would have created a deterrence and prevented incidents like Gool to happen.