Sopore massacre 1993: CoI found 19 BSF men guilty, they were tried in forces court, can’t be tried again, CBI tells SHRC | KNO

Names of accused not communicated, nor place where they have been lodged, says petitioner
Sopore massacre 1993: CoI found 19 BSF men guilty, they were tried in forces court, can’t be tried again, CBI tells SHRC | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, January 05 (KNO) : The report filed by the CBI before the State Human Rights commission with regard to the 1993 Sopore massacre in which more than 53 civilians were killed has disclosed that all the accused personnel who were found guilty during the court of inquiry (CoI) were tried by the general security force’s court and awarded sentence. The report as per a statement issued to KNO also reads that as per law, no one once can be tried and punished twice for the same offences as the same will amount to “double jeopardy. The reply filed by the CBI comes in response to the petition filed by the chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo. The petitioner claims that 77 civilians were killed in 1993 Sopore massacre by the BSF men. The report submitted by the CBI reads that a Staff Court of Inquiry was conducted by the BSF in the firing incident on January 6, 1993 in which 19 BSF personnel were blamed for various acts of commissions and omissions. “Constable Mohan Singh was dismissed from the service by his Unit on December 12, 1996 and his name too was deleted from the charge sheet. “Thus, all the accused personnel who were found guilty during the Court of Inquiry and Record of Evidence proceedings, were tried by the General Security Force Court under the BSF Act and Rules and based on the findings, the Court awarded sentence to the accused persons. As per law, no one can be tried and punished twice for the same offences as the same will amount to double jeopardy,” the report reads. The report also states that as per the human rights act, when in a matter final report has been filed under section 173, CRPC, (J&K), in the competent court and the matter is sub-judice, the jurisdiction of the commission to entertain any other complaint is not maintainable. The petitioner in his application has stated that 77 civilians were killed by the BSF men on January 6, 1993 in Sopore while as 100 houses and 300 shops were torched. “The BSF personnel who have been charged under section 304/307 and 436 RPC and have been convicted, the names of those convicted BSF personnel have not been communicated and were those BSF personnel have been lodged for serving their sentence,” the petitioner argued.(KNO)