Verinag family’s ordeal: SHRC asks police to submit detailed report

Srinagar: Taking cognizance of the complaint filed by a family from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district levelling serious allegations of atrocities by army and police, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday directed the police to submit a detailed report and ensure no harassment is caused to the family by the men in uniform.
On May 9, Peer Ghulam Nabi of Batagund village of Verinag had submitted a petition before the SHRC accusing army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of police of harassment. In the complaint Peer had said that he and his family were facing constant harassment and life threats from police and army ever since his eldest son Peer Farooq joined militancy in the ‘90s. After Farooq’s killing, Peer had in the petition alleged that SOG, Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) Khanabal and army started targeting his sons Mohammad Ashraf, Mohammad Abbas and Firdous Ahmed. While Ashraf was booked 11 times under the PSA, Firdous the youngest had to spend two years in jail under the Act.
On Monday, the acting chairperson SHRC, Rafiq Fida heard the case and passed directions to the Director General of Police (DGP), Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Anantnag to submit a detailed factual report over the contents of the complaint before the Commission.
“SSP Anantnag be also directed to ensure that no such harassment is caused to the person, family of the complainant by anyone in uniform,” the SHRC chairperson said.
The case has been listed for next hearing on June 3.
In the petition, Ghulam Nabi, who is a prominent figure and a former Imam-e-Jamia of Verinag, had also alleged that an army Major had threatened his 12-year-old grandson Bilal Ahmad for talking to the media organizations about the alleged atrocities.
The petitioner had also alleged that Firdous’s wife was arrested by SOG and tortured during a daylong custody to seek information from her about her husband. Besides, the applicant also alleges that his fourth son Mohammad Abbas had to abandon his wife and children due to unending harassment.
“Therefore, the applicant requests that an immediate and necessary action be taken in the matter and notice be issued to the concerned authorities’ that no further harassment be inflicted on the applicant’s family,” the petitioner reads.