Fresh probe ordered in Gaw Kadal killings

The Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission has ordered a fresh inquiry into the killing of over 50 people in 1990 when security forces allegedly opened fire during a protest at Gaw Kadal here.

A division Bench of the JKSHRC comprising J A Kawoos and Rafiq Fida on Wednesday ordered a special inquiry into the killings.

It will be conducted by the SP of the commission’s police investigation wing.
The inquiry officer has been asked to submit a report within two months. The next date of hearing is 26 February.

50 died in police firing

On January 21, 1990 people protesting at Gaw Kadal against the alleged Chota Bazar molestation by security forces were fired at by Central Reserve Police Force troopers, resulting in the death of
at least 50 people.

No probe for decades

For 22 years, the state government has neither prosecuted any official involved in the episode nor has it allowed any credible investigation.

Instead, police filed an FIR with Kral Khud police station against the protesters, claiming they had attacked police and CRPF personnel. Police also recorded the death of only 22 persons.

One of the accused in the case, former Srinagar SSP Allah Baksh, died recently.

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