SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association (JKBA) on Thursday said the report of one man Justice Koul Commission that was appointed by the NC-led government after the state High Court directions to probe 2010 killings has not been made public so far.
The High Court, in response to a petition filed by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front filed after the of 2010 uprising, in which 117 unarmed civilians had been killed by Indian forces, had given a direction to the state government to probe the killings and see weather standard operating procedure (SOP) was followed by the forces or not. The state government had then appointed one-man judicial commission of Justice (retd) M L Koul to probe the killings in 2014.
“We have not seen light of that report so far,” general secretary JKBA Bashir Sidiq told reporters in a hurriedly called press conference, which was attended by other bar members including Mian Muzzafar Ahmad, Mohammad Ashraf, Bhat, Farooq Hassan and Surat Ahmad. JKLF had filed a petition to see whether SoPs were followed or not by the forces in 2010 killings or not.
Regarding the fresh spate of killings in which 38 civilians, mostly teenagers were killed and more than 1640 were injured by the government forces, Sidiq said, ‘no one can call them disciplined forces seeing the proportion of injuries inflicted upon the youth by them.’
“Zohra, one of the injured is just three-years old. She was hit on head, abdomen and legs. Her sister Sabiha, 25, was also hit. They were not part of any protest. Can you call them disciplined forces? Less number of injured have been hit below abdomen while most of them have been hit above,” Sidiq added.
Sidiq said the number of injured is alarming and JKBA condemns it in strong words.
Giving details about the injured in the hospitals, Sidiq said, at SMHS hospital more than 100 have been hit in eye and many of them are critical. “At Bone and Joint hospital, all 64 admitted have bullet injuries. In Anantnag, 474 are injured, 78 with bullet while 234 have pellet injuries. At Pulwama, 446 injuries have been reported so far,” he added.
Talking on the sideline of the press conference, Sidiq told Kashmir Reader that the Bar would provide eye lenses to all the victims who may need it.