The family of Satish Tiku murdered by terrorist Bita Karate has filed a new application in court to try to record karate’s shocking confession that Tiku was the first Kashmiri pandi he murdered special.
The family will submit video footage of the interview as evidence to the Srinagar court tomorrow. The application, filed by defence lawyer Utsav Bains, will be heard in court along with video footage and a transcript of the televised confession.
The video from India Today’s ‘Newstrack’ programme will be presented as evidence in Srinagar courts in the case of Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate today.
Farooq Ahmed Dar, also known as Bitta Karate, is one of the largest executors of diktat “raliv, galiv ya chaliv” (convert, die or leave) in Pakistan. Karate has been free for years, leading the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) – the group that has led the targeted killings of Kashmir’s Pandits.
In a 1991 interview, Bita Karate admitted to killing “more than 20” Kashmiri Pandits in 1990 when the community was forced to flee the valley. Karate has become a terrifying name for the Kashmir Bandit in the valley, known as the “Bandit Butcher”.
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In January 1990, targeted killings of Kashmiri Pandits were systematically carried out, shortly after the kidnapping of Rubiyah, the daughter of Union Interior Minister Mufti Mohammad Said. This ends with the release of a terrifying terrorist. Bita Karate led the attack and was the main killer of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) until his arrest in June 1990.
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Bita Karate, who was interviewed during his detention in 1991, said he became a terrorist “because I was harassed by the local government”. He became an “enemy” of the Indian state, crossing the border to train in Pakistan, where trainers “distrust terrorists and move from place to place blindfolded,” he said.
“I don’t remember how many (Kashmiri Pandit) I killed,” he said. “I probably killed 10 or 12, or maybe 20. Some of the people I killed were Muslims, but most were Kashmiri pandits. Dieter,” he said.
Why? “Because I received the order from above.”
“Satish Kumar Tickoo was the first man I killed. I got an order from a superior to kill him. He was a Hindu boy, he was probably from RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) (it wasn’t an option). I got the kill His orders, he will be killed,” Beata Karate said.
In 1990, more than 56,000 Kashmiri Pandit families were forced to leave the Kashmir valley. Of these, around 35,000 families took refuge in Jammu, more than 19,000 in Delhi and more than 2,000 in other parts of the country.