1995 kidnapping case: SHRC asks official to file reply
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Tuesday directed IPS officer Ashkoor Wani and former Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) P S Gill to respond to the notices in the case of kidnapping of six foreign tourists by militants in 1995.
"The administrative officer will write fresh reminders to Gill and Wani impressing upon them that in case their personal responses are not received by the Commission by or before the next date, adverse inference in the matter will be drawn against them," a division bench of the Commission said.
Fixing August 7 for the next hearing of the case, the division bench also warned of coercive orders against Crime Branch officials if they failed to file the probe report by the next date.
Rights groups Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and International Peoples Tribunal on Human Rights in Kashmir (IPTK) had filed application before the Commission seeking re-investigation into the case.
Paul Wells and Keith Mangan of Britain, Dirk Hassert (Germany), John Childs and Donald Hutching (US) and Hans Christan Ostro (Norway) were kidnapped in Pahalgam by the little-known Al-Faran militant group, believed to be a shadow outfit of Harkat-ul-Ansar.
While Childs managed to escape six days after his abduction, 27-year-old Ostro was killed and his body was found on August 13, 1995. The other four foreigners remain untraced.
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