SSP Ganderbal directed to constitute SIT in 1999 killing case by Ikhwan
21 March 2017
18 years after Ghulam Mohammad Lone was killed by members of the Ikhwan, led by Nazir Ahmad Lone alias Nazir Gurra, proper investigation of FIR no. 33/1999 at Kangan Police Station has been directed. By order dated 14 March 2017, the court of Sub-Judge, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ganderbal, directed SSP Ganderbal to constitute a special investigation team, carry out proper investigations and submit reports before the court. The case is next listed before the same court on 30 March 2017.
On 23 June 1999, Ghulam Mohammad Lone, a ranger in the Forest Department, was killed by Nazir Gurra and other Ikhwan for protesting the illegal cutting of trees in the area by theIkhwan. While an FIR was filed, the police did not carry out investigations. After various efforts before the local administration and police, Abdul Qayoom Lone, the son of the victim, filed a writ petition before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in 2015. Before the High Court, SHO, Kangan Police Station, submitted a status report that the case had been closed as untraced on 29 September 1999 and submitted before the competent court on 20 March 2001. Based on this report, the High Court, on 2 May 2016, disposed off the petition and directed Abdul Qayoom Lone to approach the lower court for relief. But, as noted in the recent order of 14 March 2017, in reality no closure report was ever filed before the lower court and the SHO, Kangan Police Station misinformed the High Court.
This case illustrates the various levels of obfuscations of the State to ensure impunity for State forces and their functionaries, such as the Ikhwan, accused of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. The recent order of 14 March 2017 serves as another marker in the struggle for justice in this case.
Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society