Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday filed a petition before National Human Rights Commission, seeking registration of a murder case against the army men involved in “fake encounter” killing of two “civilians” in Tral area of southern Pulwama district.
“On Monday (April 13), the army killed a youth, Mohammad Khalid Wani at Sharifabad Tral-e-Payeen without any reasonable cause or justification as in a fake encounter,” reads the petition, filed on behalf of amalgam’s legal cell in-charge Abdul Manan Bukhari through advocate Ajiaz Ahmad Dar.
“In the fake encounter incident, one more dead body of Younis Ganie of Tral has also been recovered on 14 April 2015 and the locals allege that he was a known businessman,” Bukhari said.
The petitioner seeks direction by the Commission to Government of India through Secretary Home Department New Delhi, General Officer Commending Northern Command 15 corps, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama and Director General of Police for detailed report into the matter.
Besides, he said, the DGP be directed to register an FIR forthwith under section 302 RPC (murder) against the army men “involved in the heinous and grave offence.”
“It has now become the routine that Army and other paramilitary forces resort to fake encounters for their pity interests i.e. just for promotions and rewards, for instance Machil and Pathribal fake encounters.”
Referring to Article 21 of the constitution of the India that nobody shall be deprived of his life and personal liberty except according to the procedure established under law, he said, “the Army men involved in the fake encounter episode need to be prosecuted and punished as they deserve the death penalty strictly in accordance with section 302 RPC.”
Bukhari said that every citizen was governed under statute and as such the army or any other para military force was supposed to maintain and obey the rule of law. “In the instant case, it has been violated,” he said, questioning: “whether the laws are meant for poor people and whether the men in Uniform are given privilege to kill anyone at any point of time.”