Jalil Andrabi murder case

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Jalil Andrabi, was a prominent Kashmiri human rights lawyer and pro independence political activist associated with the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). Andrabi was allegedly subjected to extrajudicial execution by Indian paramilitary troopers and renegades in March 1996.[1]

On March 8, 1996, Andrabi was detained in Srinagar by Major Avtar Singh, of the 35th Rashtriya Rifles unit of the Indian army. Three weeks later, Andrabi's body was found floating in the Jhelum River; an autopsy showed that he had been killed days after his arrest. A case is pending adjudication in a Budgam court against Major Avtar Singh.[1][2]

The murder of Jalil Andrabi[edit]

The body of forty-two-year-old Andrabi, a human rights lawyer and pro-independence political activist associated with the JKLF, was found in the Kursu Rajbagh area of Srinagar on the banks of the Jhelum River on the morning of March 27, 1996. According to press reports, the body was in a burlap bag. According to eyewitnesses, Andrabi was detained at about 6:00 pm on March 8 by a Rashtriya Rifles unit of the army which intercepted his car a few hundred yards from his home in Srinagar. The officer allegedly responsible had fled the country and was wanted by the Indian government in relation to the killing. India had issued a warrant for his arrest and an interpol alert.

Death of Avtar Singh[edit]

On June 9, 2012 Avtar Singh, 47, then living in Selma, California, killed his wife, 3-year-old Jay Singh, and 15-year-old Kinwaljeet "Aryan" Singh, and seriously wounded his 17-year-old son Kanwarpal "Chris" Singh[3] with a handgun. He called police to admit the killings and then shot and killed himself.[4] The surviving son had severe head injuries. He was taken off life support in Community Regional Medical Center at Selma and died on June 14.[5]


  1. ^ a b "National Human Rights Commission, Annual Report 2004-2005, Complaints Before the Commission, Case of Jalil Andrabi, (Case No. 9/123/95-LD)" (pdf). NHRC. May 23, 2006. p. 77/ para. 4.245. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
  2. ^ "India seeks return of accused soldier from US Tuesday". ABC Local. AP. March 1, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Jacob, Mariana (June 9, 2012). "Selma man kills wife, 2 children, and himself". ABC Local.go. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  4. ^ Lupkin, Sydney (June 9, 2012). "California Man Wanted for 1996 Murder Kills Family, Self". ABC World News. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff writer (June 25, 2012). "15-Year-Old Son Shot in Selma Murder-Suicide Dies". indiawest.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012.