Katra police ‘barbaric assault’ case adjourned to 21st Aug. by Supreme Court

The writ petition of Panthers Party leaders namely Ms.Anita Thakur its General Secretary, Shri H.C. Jalmeria, Advocate, General Secretary & Shri P.K. Ganjoo, Sr. Journalist and Media Incharge which was filed in September, 2007 against the barbaric police assault on the Panthers Party leaders and Talwara Migrants shall finally be heard by the Supreme Court on 21st August, 2014. Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate appeared for the petitioners whereas Mr. Ashok Mathur, Advocate appeared for the State of J&K.

            A division bench comprising JJ Mrs. Ranjana Prakash Desai and Mr. N.V. Ramana fixed next date after hearing Prof.Bhim Singh and the State counsel. The court directed the State of J&K and other respondents who include Director General Police, J&K, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dy. Commissioner, Reasi as well as the then SHO Katra to file all the documents relating to the payment of relief to the Jammu Migrants who numbered about 2201 according to the state and the status of the implementation of the Supreme Court order relating to entire relief at par with Kashmiri Migrants dated 13.07.2006.

            Prof.Bhim Singh informed the court that the Supreme Court referred contempt petition against the Union of India, Govt. of J&K on their failure to implement Supreme Court order to provide relief to the Jammu Migrants at par with Kashmiri Migrants. He also informed the court that Rs.21 crores were the arrears pending with the State Govt. which was admitted by the state on record as part of arrears. He further submitted that contempt petition is pending in the High Court of J&K since 2008. He informed the court that J&K Govt. has deliberately chosen to defy the orders of the Supreme Court forcing the Jammu Migrants particularly in Talwara camps to starve. He said that some of the poverty-stricken migrants were forced to sell their children to save rest of their families. He informed the court that instead of registering criminal cases against the police and the administrative officer, the police registered criminal cases against the petitioners and other leaders of the migrants only for the reason that they were escorting the Talwara Migrants in their march to Delhi when they were assaulted brutally near Katra on the main road by the police after blocking the main road to stop the march of the migrants. He said that men, women, the old and even children were not spared by the police. He further submitted that after taking in custody the police assaulted advocate Hari Chand Jalmeria, broke his leg whereas another Panthers Party leader Ms. Anita Thakur was brutally assaulted, banged, kicked and then dragged on the road by the hair which could be screened in the video-film which is already in the custody of the court. The court said that, “We believe you (Bhim Singh) and we shall not change our mind and believe what you say.” Prof.Bhim Singh submitted that, “English is not my mother tongue and the brutality committed by the police cannot be expressed in the words I have in my vocabulary and therefore that can only be realized after witnessing the video shots.”  

            The court directed the State counsel to produce entire record in connection with relief being given to the Jammu Migrants as well as the status of the cases registered against the petitioners and other migrants.

            Those who assisted Prof. Bhm Singh include Mr. D.K. Garg, Mr. B.S. Billowria, Mr. Sumit Sumbria, Advocates.