CM meets 'encounter' victims' kin
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday handed over cheques as ex-gratia relief to the families of the five civilians allegedly killed in fake encounters and offered jobs with the state government to one member of each family of the victims.
The chief minister, accompanied by Minister for Education Peerzada Mohammed Sayeed, met the victim's families in Dak Bungalow Kokernag in south Kashmir district of Anantnag.
"My government fully sympathises with you. And even though your loss is something that nobody can make up, we have decided to do whatever is possible to lessen your pain and suffering," Azad told the members of the bereaved families.
The chief minister handed over relief cheques worth Rs 100,000 to the next of kin of each family of the victims, along with job appointment orders.
"We have also decided to adopt the orphans of these families so that their future is secured," the chief minister announced.
Family members of the victims, Abdur Rehman Peddar, Ali Mohammed Peddar, Ghulam Nabi Wani and Nazir Ahmed Deka all from Kokernag area and Shaukat Ahmed Katari, of Banihal, had gathered at Dak Bungalow to meet Azad.
Kashmir Valley has witnessed bitter protests since February after the exposure of "fake encounters" in north Kashmir's Ganderbal area. Police had picked up the five villagers from south Kashmir in the past one year and allegedly gunned them down after branding them as foreign mercenaries.
The bodies of the five men were exhumed from graveyards in Kashmir for DNA tests. The DNA report by a forensic laboratory in Chandigarh confirmed that the men, killed by security forces and labelled as foreign terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, were local residents.
A case of abduction and murder has already been registered against officers of the 13 Rashtriya Rifles of Sector 3 based in Mansbal in north Kashmir while seven policemen have been arrested in connection with the killings.