ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Pathribal: Justice Denied

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the dismissal of charges by the Army’s 15 Corps against four senior officers, a retired major general, two colonels, a lt colonel and a subedar, belonging to 7 Rashtriya Rifles. The five were accused of abduction and killing followed by mutilation of the bodies along with fake recoveries of weapons and ammunition, on 25 March 2000 in Pathribal. A nearly 15-year struggle to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice has come to a grinding halt.

Lest we forget, on 20 March 2000, at Chattisinghpora of Anantnag district, 36 Sikhs were massacred by unidentified gunmen. A few days later, on 25 March 2000, five persons from three villages in Pancehalthan were abducted and then killed in an alleged encounter. The first information report (FIR) filed by the army maintained that they had killed five “foreign militants” who had massacred the Sikhs. On 3 April 2000, nearly 5,000 persons, including the kith and kin of the victims of Pathribal killing, and other villagers, held a protest in Barakpora and were marching towards Anantnag town to submit their plea for justice when they were fired upon by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Special Operations Group (SOG), resulting in the killing of eight persons.

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