Killers Won’t Be Spared: CM3 June 2010
Srinagar: Asserting that culprits of Machil fake encounter won’t be spared, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said he would discuss human rights violations issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the State. “I will raise human rights violations issue with him during our one-to-one meeting,” Omar said while talking to media men on the sidelines of an international conference on Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation at SKICC. The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the Valley on July 7. “Besides human rights violations issue, I will discuss political and economic situation of the State with him,” he said. On Machil fake encounter, he said it would be premature to say anything about it as investigations are going on at different levels. “Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, police and army are trying to bring the facts to fore. Let the final report come. Only then, I would be able to brief the people about it,” he said. He, however, was quick to add that defence minister A K Antony has assured that the culprits won’t be protected. Muhammad Shafi, Shehzad Ahmed and Riyaz Ahmed of Nadihal, Rafiabad were killed in a fake encounter by army in Machil sector on April 30 after they had gone missing from their homes on April 28. Asked whether troopers involved in fake encounter could be punished as AFSPA was in place, the chief minister said his government favoured reduction of impunity in AFSPA and other such Acts. “If all goes well, we will revoke the law in our tenure,” he said. Omar credited the police for exposing the killing of three youth in a fake encounter by army. “Machil fake encounter wasn’t exposed due to hue and cry of any party. Even media could not uncover the episode. It was police, who exposed the incident and accordingly the government ordered a probe,” he said.