Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday directed a CBI probe into the 1998 killing of 19 civilians, including 13 women, in Surankote area of Poonch district on a plea by families of the victims seeking a re-investigation.
Justice MH Attar passed the order for a CBI inquiry after hearing the counsel for the state government and relatives of the victims of the massacre at Sailan. "The court ordered that CBI should inquire the allegations leveled by the petitioners," Additional Advocate General AM Magray told PTI.
On the intervening night of August 3 and 4, 1998, 19 persons, six males and 13 females, were killed at the house of Hassan Mohammad Sheikh at Sailan village in Surankote.
The police, in its FIR, had blamed foreign militants for carrying out the killings but an inquiry conducted by the State Human Rights Commission in October 1998 ruled out the involvement of militants....more
04:03 AM, Nov 22, 2012