Shah, Khan arrested in Pampore

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Police arrested Freedom Party Chief, Shabir Ahmad Shah and National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan along with the number of separatist activists at Pampore, on Tuesday when they were on way to Bijbehara.

The separatist leaders had to attend a programme, organized in memory of those killed in BSF firing in early nineties.

The arrested included Ahsan Untoo, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and others.

Scores were killed in Bijbehara when 74th Battalion BSF personnel opened firing on the people protesting against the Hazratbal siege on October 22, 1993.

Due to the strong condemnation and protests against the Bijbehara massacre, the accused BSF unit was shifted from the area and the government ordered a magisterial enquiry into the incident.

The enquiry report EN/BFC/93/23-24 submitted to the government on November 13, 1993, confirmed that firing upon the procession was “absolutely unprovoked.”

The report had also indicted the then Deputy Commandant of the BSF unit, JK Radola.

“The massacre was allegedly initiated and directed by JK Radola, who fired the first shot in the crowd, followed by the indiscriminate firing by his men,” witnesses had then deposed before the inquiry magistrate.

After strong orders passed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), 13 BSF men were charged with murder. However the subsequent General Security Force Court (GSFC) trial led to their acquittal.

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