‘No need to re-constitute CoI in 2010 killings’

JAMMU: The state government on Saturday said there was no requirement to re-constitute the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the killings of civilians during the 2010 agitation in the Valley.

Replying to a question by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in his written reply told the Legislative Assembly that following 112 killings in 2010, the government had constituted a CoI vide SRO 283 on July 29, 2010 to inquire into the events that led to the death of 17 persons in Kashmir due to the action by police and troops since June 11, 2010.

Abdullah, who also holds Home Ministry portfolio, said since the three-month term of the CoI had expired in October 29, 2010, the government initiated the process for ordering a de-novo CoI under the Jammu and Kashmir Commission of Inquiry Act, 1962.

However, upon examination it was found that of the 78 FIRs registered into the deaths, investigation in 76 cases was finalized and the chargesheet and final report submitted before the competent courts and the investigation in the remaining two cases was in progress, Abdullah said.

“In view of this fact, it was felt that there was no requirement for re-constituting the (CoI),” he said, adding that 112 persons had died in the agitation.

He said at least 96 civilians “who were part of the violent mobs and protests were injured in the engagements between protestors and deployment on the ground and succumbed to their injuries.” He said another 16 persons had died “due to stone pelting, stampede, blasts, and drowning.”

Human rights groups put the death toll in the agitation at more than 120.