SHRC asks police to explain poll day killings

Srinagar: State Human Rights Commission has asked police to furnish a detailed report on the civilian killings on the poll day in Kashmir by May 29.
The Commission sent a notice to police while hearing a complaint by chairman, Centre for Peace and Protection, M M Shujah against the killings of eight civilians on April 9. The complainant had stated that public at large is in deep shock on the killing of unarmed civilians on the eve of elections in Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency while the media had described the day as ‘Black Day’ for democracy.
The complainant had stated that respondents including Chief Secretary, Chief Electoral Officer, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone were under constitutional obligations to protect the lives of civilians and put in place such foolproof mechanism which would not leave any room for any kind of violence and excessive use of force by government forces resulting in civilian killings.
“It appears that no mob control mechanism as mandated by law was put in place and no Standard Operative Procedure were followed and the Security Forces under the control of respondents unleashed reign of terror and sprayed pellets and bullets resulting in deaths of unarmed civilians,” states the complainant.