Indian top court refuses to hear petition on IIOJK fake encounter killings

The Indian Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition seeking probe into the killing of three innocent Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter by Indian troops in Shopian district of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir on July 18, this year.

Seeing pictures of those killed in the fake encounter on social media, the families from Rajouri had said that the martyred youth were their kin who had gone to Shopian for work.

Advocate Salih Pirzada who represented the petitioner before the Indian top court told media that as the plea came up for hearing on Monday, a three-judge bench of justices Sanjay Krishan Kaul, Anirudh Bose and Krishna Murari asked him to either withdraw the petition or it would be dismissed.

The Indian Supreme Court asked the petitioner why he had not approached the IIOJK High Court. “I informed the bench that the same petitioner had filed a writ petition before the J&K High Court related to the custodial killing of a school principal, Rizwan Pandit, but the government is yet to file the response to the plea despite passing of one year and after one year we cannot expect the required examination of the body,” he said.

The bench, Salih said, gave him an option either to withdraw the petition and approach IIOJ&K High Court or it would be dismissed. “I withdrew the petition” he said.

The petition was filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Reconciliation Front through its Chairman Dr Sandeep Mawa. The petition sought an inquiry into the killings of Abrar Ahmed, Imtiaz Ahmed and Abrar Khan who were picked up by Indian troops in Shopian and were later killed in fake encounter on July 18, this year.