SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday asked the victims of braid-chopping incidents that they must record their statements before the police or SHRC help investigations and track down the culprits.
A report submitted by Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) before the SHRC said that despite strenuous efforts and measures taken (by the police), no concrete clue has struck so far as victims and their families are not cooperating with investigation agencies “making it quite difficult to take investigation to its logical end.”
“So far now we are studying the cases which surfaced in Punjab and Haryana to get a better clue which may act a connecting link between the cases which are taking place here,” the report stated.
The report further stated that police have started patrolling and nakas have also been established at most vulnerable places besides services of civilians have also been sought area-wise. It also states that direction has been passed to all district SSsP to launch special drive in order to nab culprits involved in these horrible acts.
Furthermore, it has also been recommended that district level special teams be constituted headed by Additional deputy commissioner who will be assisted by Dysp headquarters of the concerned district, a lady officer of social welfare department and a lady doctor who could freely interact with the victims to dig out the truth and a clear picture be shown to people about these incidents, the report says.
After examining the report, the SHRC chairman Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki, directed petitioner Ahsan Untoo to provide a list of victims to the investigation agency and also directed him to get victims before the Commission or the police to record their statements.
As more than a hundred FIR’S have been registered before police but victims’ statements are either half recorded or have not been recorded at all, says the police investigation.
One of the police officer who was present before the commission said,” We tried to talk to many victims but they are not cooperating. This is hampering investigation and that is why we are unable to track down the culprits,” he said.
It was also stated before the commission that for several days the incidents of braid-chopping have not occurred.