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Posted at: Mar 18, 2015, 12:22 AM; last updated: Mar 17, 2015, 10:51 PM (IST)

2010 unrest: Hardline Hurriyat moves court against Omar

Azhar Qadri

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, March 17

Emboldened by the ongoing political ruckus in Jammu and Kashmir, a hardline separatist faction led by Syed Ali Geelani today filed an application in a local court seeking registration of a case against former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and a retired cop for their alleged role in the killing of protesters during the 2010 summer agitation.

The Hurriyat filed the application in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Srinagar, and requested that a case be filed against the former CMand former city police chief Ashiq Bukhari.

“The deaths in 2010 were not accidental, but they were target killings. During election campaigning, Omar repeatedly said the then SSP, Ashiq Bukhari, was responsible for the killings and Ashiq Bukhari in his recent interview said he did it on orders of Omar,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a statement.

The application has been filed by the separatist amalgam’s General Secretary, Ghulam Nabi Sumji, following which the CJM directed the SSP, Srinagar, to inquire the matter and submit the report by April 6. “We will follow this case till justice is delivered and if need arises we will move the High Court,” the spokesman said. The hardline group had last week decided to file a case against Omar and Bukhari, following disclosures made by Bukhari in an interview with a news portal in which he had claimed Omar wanted separatist leader Masarat Alam dead. After his retirement from the police in March 2014, Bukhari had a cosy relationship with the PDP and participated in its election campaigning.

The state is currently in a political turmoil with two key regional mainstream parties – NC and PDP – trading accusations against each other and asking for trials. The PDP had earlier this month said Omar should stand trial for his alleged role in the 2010 killings following to the NC reacted by saying that Mufti should be tried for his role in the massacres of 1990.


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