TADA court adjourns Yasin Malik hearing ; Slain IAF officer’s wife demands justice
Special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) court has adjourned the hearing against militant-turned-separatist Yasin Malik in connection with IAF personnel killing case. The hearing has been adjourned till October 23. Malik heads a banned faction named Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and is accused of being involved in the 1990 killing of four Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel in Kashmir.
Four IAF personnel, including Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna were shot to death by JKLF terrorists on January 25, 1990. While Malik could not be produced before a TADA court, Khanna’s 68 year old widow Shalini demanded justice. She said, “Yasin Malik not only murdered my husband but also killed my mother-in-law, my father-in-law, and my mother. My two children lost their childhood. Our happiness was snatched away in a second. This terrorist turned our world upside down.”
Malik was charge-sheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) before the TADA court in Jammu on August 31, 1990, in connection with the case. Arrested in a terror funding case by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) and currently lodged in Tihar Jail. He would be produced in the special court through video conferencing.
Khanna said her house was just 50 yards away from the crime scene. “I heard sound of crackers that morning. At wit’s end I went to the roof top and saw some Army vehicles and men in uniform. I went there to see what had actually happened and spotted my husband’s briefcase with a bullet mark on it. I realised that something wrong has happened.”
She said she saw her husband lying in a pool of blood. “I saw a bullet injury in his abdomen. Initially, I was embarrassed to think if my husband could not endure a single bullet, how could our borders be secured.” However, it was later revealed that Squadron Leader Khanna was shot 27 times with an AK-47 assault rifle.
The mother of two said she felt bad when the then prime minister Manmohan Singh shook hands with Malik on February 17, 2006. “I didn’t expect him to shake hands with a terrorist. Being a PM he should have known the difference between right and wrong. When Manmohan Singh shook hands with Malik, I felt a grave insult to the supreme sacrifice of my husband.”