Never expected justice from Army’s court: Pathribal victim families

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The families of Pathribal fake encounter victims on Friday described army’s closure report ‘disappointing’ saying that they had never expected any justice delivery after the case was handed over to army court.

Abdul Rashid Khan, son of Jumma Khan (one of the five civilians killed) told KNS: “We are extremely disappointed not that we expected any sort of justice from the army’s court but for the collapse of justice delivery mechanism in the country.”

Jumma Khan, around 50-years-old man of Brari Angan was one of the five civilians killed in the Pathribal fake encounter. “I want to ask the people at the helm that were the CBI findings, DNA tests, Supreme Court observations and above all the bodies of our families wrong? We had made our mind the day this case was handed over to the army court that we will never get justice till our death,” Rashid Khan, who is a class fourth government employee, told KNS.

Ghulam Nabi Malik whose elder brother Mohammad Yousuf Malik resident of Halan Verinag was killed in the encounter told KNS: “We have already expressed our opinion that army court will never help us. It is because that how can we expect justice from killers of our family members. We had requested that the trial be conducted by a civil court which did not happen. So we were mentally prepared that there will be no justice in our case through army court proceedings.”

The family of Bashir Ahmad Bhat another civilian resident of Halan Verinag who also got killed in the Pathribal encounter says that army has dashed all its hopes of justice and fair-play. “We were told to repose trust on army court but it was propaganda and nothing more than that. They have dashed all our hopes for justice in the matter,” Ghulam Rasool Bhat elder brother of Bashir told KNS.

All these families believe that a well planned Propaganda was presented to influence the people at the time of Pathribal encounter that all the five civilians who were killed were foreign militants and the same was being repeated today to exonerate army officials.

 

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