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19 years later, J&K High Court asks police to file chargesheet in Sadrakote massacre

On October 5 in 1996, seven members of three families were killed at Sadrakote village in J&K.

Nineteen years after seven people were killed by counter insurgents, allegedly working for the army, J&K High Court has asked police to file chargesheet in the multiple-murder case.

Hearing a petition filed by the victim families, seeking conclusion in the investigation into the case, Justice Hasnain Masoodi ordered Station House Officer (SHO) to file a chargesheet.

On October 5 in 1996, seven members of three families were killed at Sadrakote village. The FIR in the case has accused three counter insurgents working for the army – Abdul Rashid Parray alias Rashid Billa, Wali Mohammad Mir and Mohammad Ayub Dar – for the killings. However, the police later stopped investigations into the case.

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As the police failed to file chargesheet in the case and arrest the accused, the victim families approached the High Court after more than a decade and a half.

The Station House Officer Sumbal, who had been asked to be present in the court on Tuesday, informed the court that statements of five witnesses have been recorded, under Section 164-A CrPC, before the lower court. He, however, sought more time to conclude the investigations into the case.

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Justice Masoodi directed the police officer to complete the investigations into the case and file chargesheet within a week’s time.