Ex-JKLF man was killed in 2014
SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission has ordered government to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the family of a former Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) man who was killed nearly three years ago.
“I believe that (he) was an innocent person and he had been killed for unknown reasons by unknown people. It is the duty of the state to protect everybody’s life and property,” said chairperson of the SHRC Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki, who also directed the government to pay Rs three lakh to the widow and Rs two lakhs to children of the deceased Mohammad Latief Gupkari, son of Ghulam Hassan Gupkari, of Khawaja Bazar Khanyar. Gupkari was killed inside his garment shop by ‘unknown’ gunmen at Khawaja Bazar here on September 2014.
“Rs one lakh be deposited in the name of each child of the deceased for a period till the children attains majority. The government may consider other reliefs which (widow) may be entitled to in addition to the compensation,” said the commission, while disposing of a compliant filed by the widow.
In a report before the commission, police submitted that Gupkari had joined JKLF in 1990 but gave up militancy thereafter. “He was doing his business by running readymade garments shop. Sometimes earlier he was employee of JK Bank, where he was terminated,” the police said.
In her compliant, the widow produced an extract of the reply of the Home Minister of Jammu and Kashmir to a question raised in the assembly, stating that Gupkari was affiliated with JKLF in early 90s and was arrested in the year 1992. He was released after few months and gave up militancy to run a shop at Nowhatta, the reply said. He was later also associated with a “political party”, said the reply submitted in May last year.
“The case of widow for compensation was placed by district administration before the District Level Screening-cum-Coordination Committee (DLSCC) for a final decision in its next meeting, which is being convened shortly,” the reply had said. In his report, Senior Superintendent of Police said a case has been registered and investigation of matter was going on. So far, he said, police have not been able to find any clue.
In her compliant, the widow (38) had submitted that her children are in school and that she did not get any share from her husband’s property as the grandfather of the children was alive.
Therefore, she had to move to her maternal home where her widowed mother was taking her care, she said. The widow had said that she has not been paid any ex-gratia till date by the government, prompting her to file the petition before the commission.