Families of Machil victims struggling to get justice

Srinagar, April 03, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the families of three youngsters killed by Indian army in a fake encounter in Machil area of Kupwara district six years ago are struggling to get justice. The family members of the victims told media men that despite appearing in courts twice in a month, the disposal of case didn’t seem to be in sight.

“Despite having meagre resources of sustenance, we are pursuing the case to bring the killers to justice,” Muhammad Yousuf, father of Riyaz Ahmad said. “We are pursuing this case for the last six years but it is moving on a sluggish pace,” he added. Ghulam Nabi, uncle of another slain youngster Mohammad Shafi said that accused Bashir Ahmad Lone threatened the families outside the court premises.

The troops of 4 Rajput Rifles shot dead four persons in Machil on April 29, 2010. The army dubbed them as foreign militants but a police investigation found that the slain youngsters were Kashmiris – Riyaz Ahmad (22), Mohammad Shafi (19) and Shahzad Ahmad (25) – all residents of Nadihal village of Baramulla.

The martyred youth were lured by the Commanding Officer of the Regiment, Col DS Pathania through a former special police officer, Bashir Ahmad Lone, and his accomplices with the offer of jobs as porters. The army reportedly purchased them for Rs 50,000 each and shot them dead to be passed off as foreign militants. Col Pathania, Major Upender and four soldiers of the regiment later faced court martial proceedings. Machil fake encounter was followed by the 2010 mass uprising in which over 120 protesters were killed by the Indian forces’ personnel within a period of few months.

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