Bitta Karate’s televised confession is evidence in fresh plea filed by Satish Tikoo’s family

Bitta Karate

A fresh application has been filed in court by the family of Satish Tikoo who was murdered by terrorist Bitta Karate, seeking to place on record Karate’s shocking confession that Tikoo was the first Kashmiri Pandit he had murdered.

The family will submit the footage of the interview before a Srinagar court tomorrow as evidence. The application, filed by advocate Utsav Bains, will be heard by the court along with the video footage and transcript of the televised confession.

Video from India Today’s ‘Newstrack’ show will be placed as evidence before a Srinagar court today in the Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate case.

Farooq Ahmed Dar, also known as Bitta Karate, was one of the biggest enforcers of Pakistan’s diktat “raliv, galiv ya chaliv (convert, die or leave). Karate is a free man for years and heads the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) – the outfit which led the targeted killings of Kashmiri Pandits.

Bitta Karate, during an interview in 1991, had admitted to killing “over 20” Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, when the community was forced to flee the Valley. Karate had become a dreaded name for the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley and was dubbed the “Butcher of Pandits”.

The targeted killings of Kashmiri Pandits systematically began in January 1990, soon after then Union Home Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s daughter Rubaiya was kidnapped. This ended with the release of dreaded terrorists. Bitta Karate led the attacks and was the main hitman for the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) until his arrest in June 1990.

Bitta Karate, who was interviewed while he was in detention in 1991, said that he had become a terrorist “because I was harassed by the local administration”. He became an “enemy” of the Indian state, and crossed the border to receive training in Pakistan, where the trainers ‘did not trust the terror recruits and were shifted from one place to another blindfolded’, he said.

“I don’t remember how many of those (Kashmiri Pandits) I killed,” he said, “I might have killed 10-12, or may have killed 20. Some of those I killed were Muslims but most were Kashmiri Pandits,” he said.

Why? “Because I got orders from the above.”

“Satish Kumar Tickoo was the first person I killed. I got orders from above to kill him. He was a Hindu boy He was possibly from the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) (It was not a choice). I got the order to kill him, he was to be killed,” Bitta Karate had said.

More than 56,000 Kashmir Pandit families were forced out of the Kashmir Valley in 1990. Of these, about 35,000 families took shelter in Jammu, over 19,000 in Delhi and over 2,000 in other parts of the country.

Source : India Today

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