Srinagar: The J&K State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has taken suo moto cognizance of media reports about “extrajudicial execution” of a youth Bashir Ahmad Bhat by paramilitary CRPF near his residence at Nawa Kadal here.
Besides killing Bashir, 24, the unmarried brother of soon-to-be-wedded two sisters and support of aged parents, the firing by paramilitary forces had left four persons including a woman injured on Wednesday evening, barely an hour after culmination of the election to Lok Sabha’s Srinagar constituency.
“The news report manifests that the incident is prima facie extrajudicial execution and makes out a grave violation and abuse of human rights in which the CRPF personnel have resorted to indiscriminate firing upon the youth causing injuries to four persons and one of them succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Srinagar,” SHRC’s acting chairperson Rafiq Fida observed in his order.
“It seems the law enforcing agencies have either no knowledge of Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) or are willfully bent upon to throw the SOPs to winds and follow their own whims and mood,” the Commission observed.
Even if the news report regarding the youth having resorted to stone pelting upon the CRPF personnel is believed to be true, the Commission said, the personnel, “who belong to a disciplined force should have maintained extra caution and dealt with the situation strictly observing the SOPs as laid down in the rule books.”
“But the news reports as appeared in various newspapers depict that no rule of law was followed by the security personnel who went amok and resorted to indiscriminate firing upon the youth and answered their stones with bullets, flouting all rules and regulations of due procedure of law as a result of which a youth Bashir Ahmad Bhat lost his life and four others got injured.”
The Commission said it has been repeatedly recommending to the government in a number of cases that the law enforcing agencies need to be trained and imparted with the knowledge, education and awareness regarding the concepts and applications of human rights without which these forces have been seen in a habit of taking law into their hands and get involved in violations of human rights in many forms in the state in general and Kashmir in particular.
Taking suo moto cognizance in the matter, the Commission issued notices to Director General of J&K Police, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, IGP Kashmir Zone, IG CRPF C/O 56 APO, Dy. Commissioner Srinagar with a direction to submit their detailed factual reports by or before May 26.
“Deputy Commissioner Srinagar be also directed to send a copy of the findings of the magisterial enquiry ordered to be conducted in the incident,” the SHRC said.
Besides, it asked father of the slain youth to appear before the Commission on the next date of hearing on May 26 and file correct statement of facts in the matter.