Srinagar: A fresh petition was filed Monday against the J&K Government for failing to comply with State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) direction of 10th July granting compensation to Farooq Ahmed Dar, the civilian who was tied to the front of an army jeep as a human shield.
The commission had granted a compensation of 10 lakh rupees to Dar, to be paid within a period of six weeks. The compliance was also to be filed within six weeks, but no action has been taken so far while more than two months have passed since the direction passed by Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki, the commission chairman.
Chairman of the International Forum for Human Rights and Justice, Ahsan Untoo, who filed the fresh petition against the chief secretary on Monday said, “It is crime on part of state administration that they are taking this matter very lightly. It is a human rights issue and by these tactics you are giving free hand to people like Major Gogoi to carry out more such acts.”
The commission will hear the fresh petition on October 3rd.
Farooq Dar, a resident of Budgam village, said he had received neither any compensation nor any promise of it. “I have not received any compensation even though the SHRC gave six weeks to the state government to provide the same. More than two months have passed since the order but I have not got anything,” Dar said.
Police say they are investigating the April 9 incident and have so far recorded statements of seven witnesses. The statement of the victim himself was recorded just four days ago, on September 20, a day after Kashmir Reader published a report that police had not recorded Dar’s statement.
Meanwhile, police have confirmed that Dar had cast his vote before ending up as human shield. The statement negates the assertions made by Indian army major, Leetul Gogoi, who had accused Dar of instigating a stone throwing mob and claimed that he could have been their ring leader.
“We have also filed defamation case against Major Gogoi and the police investigation so far has made it clear that Farooq Dar was not a stone pelter, but was intentionally used as human shield by the (Indian) army major,” said Ahsan Untoo.
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has already directed the police to investigate the matter properly.