Rights body directs for time bound compensation to victim 

Observing that the firing victim of Srinagar who had lost his both legs due to cross firing at Shamswari in 1994 is innocent, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday directed the state government to pay Rs five lakh as compensation to him.

Aijaz Ahmad Sodagar son of Noor Mohammad Sodagar of Safa Kadal, Nalbandpora Srinagar had filed a petition last year before the SHRC for compensation.

Justice Bilal Ahmad Nazki, the SHRC chairperson has observed that the petitioner was an innocent citizen and has lost his both legs in cross firing in 1994 at Shamswari Srinagar and is totally dependent.

SHRC chairperson said that the firing victim who is having a mother and a young sister has been paid a merge amount of Rs 20,000. “The factum of the tragedy of the petitioner is admitted by the police. The petitioner was very young when the incident occurred and from the last more than two decades, the petitioner is not able to do any work. He is totally dependent and is not having any family support. He has mother and a young sister,” Justice Nazki said.

“Since there is no avenue for the petitioner to earn his livelihood and he is still young; he is a fit case for grant of compensation. The government is directed to pay Rs five lakhs in favor of the victim,” the chairperson said.

“The amount should be paid to him, within four weeks apart from this, director social welfare is directed to examine the possibilities of providing artificial limbs to the petitioner. If such availabilities is not available in Kashmir he can be send to centres like one and Jaipur at the cost of the government. Government is directed to file compliance report within two weeks,” the SHRC said.

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