Poll day killings: SHRC grants govt time for report

Poll day killings: SHRC grants govt time for report
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SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission has granted DGP and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir time by July 25 for filing a detailed report about the killing of eight civilians by the government forces in Budgam and Ganderbal districts on April 9, when elections for parliamentary seat were held in the central Kashmir district along with Srinagar.
Eight civilians—seven in Budgam and one in Ganderbal—were shot dead by the forces during voting for the Srinagar- Budgam parliamentary segment.
Acting on a complaint, Justice Bilal Nazki, chairperson J&K SHRC, had on April 22 directed DGP and divinely commissioner to submit a detailed report over the killings by or before May 29.
The commission took cognizance of a complaint filed by M M Shuja, chairman Centre for Peace and Protection, who has sought a probe into the killings by the SHRC’s investigating agency.
He has also urged SHRC to order registration of FIRs against those found guilty of using excessive force and violating Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
“it appears that no mob control mechanism as mandated by law was put in place, no SOP were followed and the forces under the command of (government) unleashed reign of terror and spread  pellets and bullets resulting in scores of deaths of unarmed civilians. No orders from any magistrate were obtained and even the names of magistrates were not notified,” he said.
He has also sought compensation as per norms for families of the deceased and for those injured in forces action.

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