Says army’s morale has gone down; human rights defender files new petition on Tanveer Ahmad’s killing
Srinagar: The BJP’s party secretary in Chhattisgarh state, Gaurishankar Srinavas, has filed a petition against the Rs 10 lakh compensation awarded by the Jammu & Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to Farooq Ahmed Dar. His petition to the SHRC says that the army’s morale has gone down after the compensation was awarded to Farooq Ahmed Dar.
Farooq Ahmad Dar, a civilian, was tied to the bonnet of a jeep by the army and then paraded around several villages in Budgam on April 9, the day of parliamentary by-elections in the constituency.
Srinivas’s petition, no.220/SHRC/2017, was filed in wake of the SHRC’s order on July 10 to give Dar a compensation of Rs 10 lakh. The compensation was awarded after the Indian government awarded a commendation to army officer Major Gogoi, who ordered the tying up of Farooq Dar to the jeep.
In another petition filed in the SHRC, Ahsan Untoo, chairman of the International forum for Justice and Human Rights, has asked the state to answer on what grounds their forces killed Tanveer Ahmed Dar, a tailor by profession, in Beerwah this month. Tanveer was hit on his head by a bullet fired by soldiers of 53 RR/CRPF, a unit headed by Major Gogoi.
After intense public pressure, police filed FIR no.74/2017 against Major Gogoi and the soldiers of his unit for Tanveer’s killing. So far, statements of seven witnesses have been recorded by police in this case. The army has said that Tanveer was killed when soldiers mistook a firecracker explosion as that of a grenade.
“The central government is awarding the likes of Major Gogoi and he is killing people at his own will. I request the IGP Kashmir and the SSP Budgam to investigate this case very thoroughly, so that people don’t lose faith in the judiciary,” Ahsan Untoo said.