October 2000 News

Fresh probe ordered into Chattisinghpora massacre

31 October 2000
The Times of India

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday ordered a judicial probe into the Chattisinghpora massacre of 35 Sikhs during President Bill Clinton''s visit to India in last March even as two commissions that probed the Barakpora and Pahlagam firings leaving 41 people dead indicted 12 police and CRPF officials. Chief minister Farooq Abdullah said here on Tuesday that the judicial commission headed by Justice S R Pandian, which probed the Barakpora firing on April 3 on demonstrators protesting against five local youthgoing missing, has indicted three special operations group (SOG) personnel of the local police and four CRPF jawans. Similarly, he said, a three-member commission, which inquired into the shooting incident on an Amarnath pilgrims camp at Pahalgam on August 1 in which 23 devotees were among 33 people killed, has indicted five CRPF personnel for using excessive force. Addressing a press conference after a cabinet meeting, Abdullah said the government had decided to refer the cases relating to CRPF personnel named by the two commissions to the Centre for appropriate action. He said the government had decided to register murder cases against the three SOG personnel indicted by the Pandian Commission and a special team would be constituted to prepare cases against them in a court of law. Stating that his government has accepted the report of the two panels, Abdullah said it has decided to order a fresh probe into the Chattisinghpora massacre and the subsequent Pathribal incidents by Justice Pandian.(PTI)


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