J-K State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) today sought response from four police officers,including former IGP (Kashmir) PS Gill,to an application by two rights groups seeking re-investigation into the 1995 abduction of six foreigners by Al-Faran militant outfit.
A division bench of SHRC comprising Javaid Kawoos and Rafiq Fida issued notices to Director General of Police,IGP Crime,Deputy Commissioner Anantnag,former SSP Anantnag Ashkoor Wani and ex-IGP Kashmir P S Gill,who unsuccessfully contested recent assembly elections in Punjab.
International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice and Association of Parents of Disappeared persons (APDP) had filed a joint petition in the SHRC on April 6 seeking a fresh probe into the case.
The next date of hearing has been fixed for May 28.
“As part of the ongoing work on the issue of nameless and unmarked graves in Jammu and Kashmir,we request that the case of the four kidnapped persons (foreigners) be considered by the SHRC,” the petition had said.
Paul Wells and Keith Mangan of Britain,Dirk Hassert (Germany),John Childs and Donald Hutching (US) and Hans Christan Ostro (Norway) were kidnapped by little-known Al-Faran militant group – believed to be a shadow outfit of Harkat-ul-Ansar – from the woods of Pahalgam in 1995.
While Childs managed to escape in the cover of darkness six days after his abduction,27-year-old Ostro was killed and his body was located on August 13,1995. The other four foreigners remain untraced.