The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursday observed the police in its report to the commission on 1990 Handwara massacre has not explained whether the “11 civilians who died and 39 others who were injured in the massacre were part of the group that attacked the BSF vehicle.”
In its report submitted to the SHRC, the police said, “The enquiry into the matter reveals that on 25 January 1990, about 20,000 – 25,000 people protested against the government of India at the main Chowk Handwara. The mob started pelting stones over police and injured police personnel who were deployed on duty.
“In the meantime one vehicle TATA (Matador) of BSF was passing from the main Chowk Handwara with ration of deployed nafri which was set ablaze by the mob.
“The nafri of BSF for their self defense opened fire on the mob due to which 11 civilians were killed and 39 injured. The memos of the injured persons were prepared and some injured were shifted to other hospitals for their treatment.”
During the course of the investigation, police said, “Finally the investigating officer namely Inspector Ghulam Mohidin closed the case as untraced on 16 February 1993.”