Why is JKLF leader Bitta Karate roaming free despite confessing to killing 20 Kashmiri Pandits?
India Today dug out Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate’s admission on camera from the archives where he made a shocking admission of having killed 20 Kashmiri Pandits in the late 80’s in Jammu & Kashmir. Soon after which, former Union Home Secretary R.K Singh has said that the terrorist’s case, who was released on bail in 2006 should be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for re-investigation and a re-trial should take place.
Reacting to the India Today’s expose, Singh said, “Bitta Karate’s case should be re-investigated and he should be charge sheeted again. The case should be handed over to the NIA for re-investigation and trial should take place in NIA court in Jammu and not in Srinagar.”
Speaking further on the issue, Singh disclosed how he encountered several such cases during his tenure as Home Secretary where Pakistani terrorists caught with A-K 47’s and grenades, were awarded mild sentence between 7-10 years by the judiciary and after completing their term, they were sent back to Pakistan. Singh cited links of prosecution team with jihadis and separatists in Srinagar as the main reason for terrorists being awarded moderate punishment.
“The Srinagar Bar Council is notorious for having links with jihadis and separatists. The prosecution team is also from the Bar Council. This is a problem which needs to be looked into. Members of prosecution found having links with jihadis and separatists should be prosecuted. That’s exactly why I would like a trial to take place in Jammu instead of Srinagar”, said Singh.
The former Home Secretary also advocated the need for the Supreme Court to review the sentencing pattern by the various courts in Srinagar especially where the pattern shows terrorists being awarded mild sentence.
He also slammed the Jammu and Kashmir government in 2006 when Gulam Nabi Azad was the Chief Minister for not pursuing the case of Bitta Karate and not challenging his bail in higher court.