SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has ordered its investigation wing to probe into the killing of twenty persons claimed to be militants in Bandipora district nearly 24 years ago.
The chairman of the state’s human rights watchdog, Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki appointed SP SHRC as the investigating officer for probing the encounter which took place at Puner village of the north Kashmir district on October 17, 1993. Thirteen of the slain remain unidentified.
“A report has been filed by the Deputy Commissioner Bandipora in which it is stated that during an encounter between militants, 20 militants were killed seven of them were identified and bodies of them were handed over to their NOKs who buried them,” reads an order passed the by commission on a petition filed by chairman International Forum for Justice Muhammad Ahsan Untoo.
According to Untoo, forces allegedly killed 20 persons in the Puner village on October 17, 1993. The FIR (1455/93) was lodged in police station Bandipora under section 307 RPC 4 TADA, 25/27 Indian Arms Act.
The complaint further said that during the course of investigation, policemen accompanied by the Army troops on October 17 during the cordon and search at Puner at 6:30 am and there was cross firing between the alleged militants and the army and during which 20 persons were killed and one army soldier, namely Ram Das was injured.
The complaint also said that 20 persons killed during cross fire were labelled as militants and out of which only five person were identified as locals and rest of persons were labelled as unidentified foreign nationals belonging to Pakistan and Afghanistan.