Indian soldier sent to judicial custody 25 years after Saderkot massacre

Srinagar, October 19 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a local court sent an Indian army soldier to Central Jail Srinagar in connection with infamous 1996 Sadarkoot massacre in Bandipora district.

The accused soldier identified as Ayoub Dar was sent to Central Jail Srinagar after 25 years of the massacre. He was Naik in Indian Territorial Army and was evading arrest for the last 25 years.

Pertinently, seven unarmed civilians including two women and five men were gunned down by the Indian Army sponsored armed group infamously known as ‘Ikhwanis’ in the Sadarkoot village of Bandipora district 25 years ago on October 5, 1996.

Advocate Shafiq Butt representing complainant Ghulam Qadir said that police presented the accused TA soldier Ayoub Dar in the court of Sessions Judge Muhammad Ibrahim Wani who after hearing arguments and counter-arguments sent Dar to Central Jail Srinagar to face trial.

Advocate Butt said that there were three accused in the massacre. Dar is the second accused in the case who has been brought to book.

The first accused Wali Mir was sent to judicial custody by the court in March 2019 while the third accused Abdul Rashid Parray, alias Rashid Billa, a notorious Indian government gunman, was shot dead by unknown persons near his residential house in Hajin area of Bandipora on April 16, 2017.

Experts on Kashmir believe that the move is an attempt by the Modi government to ward off international pressure for an action against Indian troops committing war crimes in IIOJK.