Srinagar: The J&K State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Tuesday termed the killing of a youth due to ‘indiscriminate’ firing by government forces at Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district yesterday as unfortunate and unwarranted.
Arhad Ahmad Shah, in his twenties, was killed on the spot while four other youths were injured when the forces opened fire upon an assembly of pro-freedom demonstrators who took to roads following the killing of a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander in a nightlong encounter at Krankshivan locality of the Apple Town on Monday.
“The unfortunate killing of Arshad and injures to four other youths is unwarranted,” a bench of SHRC’s acting chairman Rafiq Fida said while taking suo-moto cognizance of the media reports about the incident.
“The Commission has continuously been recommending for imparting training and education to the men with gun and uniform regarding the basic concepts of human rights, so that such kind of human rights violations are stopped in the State,” Fida said.
Referring to the news reports, the Commission observed, that it appeared that Army, CRPF and Police personnel had resorted to indiscriminate firing on the protestors.
“Therefore, the operation parties are alleged to have committed grave violation of human rights. In case the protestors clashed with the operation parties when they were withdrawing after the completion of encounter, they should have and exercised maximum restraint to avoid such casualties and thereby show some respect for human rights.”
The news reports, Commission said, prima facie make out a case of grave human rights violations at the hands of law enforcing agencies.
The Commission has asked the Director General of Police, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla and SP Sopore to submit their respective detailed factual reports in the matter.
“In case any enquiry has been ordered in the matter, the authorities be asked to share the findings thereof with the Commission.”
The SHRC has also asked Abdul Aziz, father of Arshad and other injured persons to appear before it on the next date of hearing on August 6 for filing correct statement of facts regarding the incident.