The Jammu and Kashmir police has informed the State Human Rights that out 22 persons killed in Gaw kadal massacre, six have been given relief and whereabouts of 16 families are not known.
The police filed its response on a petition filed by rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo. “22 people were killed and 12 injured in Gaw Kadal massacre in 1990. Only six families were traced whose relatives were killed and they were provided with relief and rest of 18 families remained untraced as they have perhaps changed their residences,” police states in its report. The police also states that records were not available as to whether any relief was provided to any of 12 injured persons.
The chairman SHRC had asked the state to file the status report of FIR 3/1990 registered in police station Maisuma.
Reacting to the police response and the relief provided to families of slain, the petitioner said that “the administration seems to be callous towards providing relief to a selected category and then claiming rest of 18 families couldn’t be traced. “This is total injustice with the families who were denied relief. How come is it possible that the families have remained untraced,” said the petitioner. He called for a fresh drive to locate the families of slain so that relief is provided to them.
He also castigated the state for not tracing the BSF men who resorted to indiscriminate firing on the peaceful protest in January 1990. “It’s an irony that BSF men involved in the massacre were identified and yet are roaming scot free,” the petitioner said.