Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission has directed J&K government to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to a resident of Safakadal who lost both legs due to cross firing at Shamaswari here in 1994.
Hearing a petition filed by the victim, Aijaz Ahmad Sodagar son of Noor Mohammad Sodagar of Nalbandpora Safakadal, Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki, chairperson of the Commission, also directed government to provide artificial limbs to him.
“The petitioner (Aijaz) was an innocent citizen and has lost his both legs in cross firing in 1994 at Shamaswari and is totally dependent. He has been paid a meagre amount of Rs. 20,000. The factum of the tragedy of the petitioner is admitted by the police,” the commission said.
Since the victim was very young when the incident occurred, the commission said that from the last more than two decades, he is not able to do any work and is not having any family support. He has mother and a young sister.
With no avenue for to earn livelihood and still being young, the Commission directed government to Rs 5 lakhs to him within four weeks.
“Apart from this, Director Social Welfare is directed to examine the possibilities of providing artificial limbs to the petitioner. If such availability is not available in Kashmir he can be sent to centres like one at Jaipur at the cost of the Government,” the commission said and directed the government to file compliance report within two weeks