SHRC directs inquiry into killings of three men of a Lolab family dubbed as militants

SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has initiated an inquiry into the killing of three men of a Lolab family stated as militants by police, a claim contested by the family which has lost seven members to the conflict from 1996 to 2006.
The commission directed SP-SHRC to conduct an enquiry within three months into the three separate killings, in response to a petition filed by activist Ahsan Untoo.
The family has lost seven members on the pretext of being (either) militants or informers from 1996 to 2006 but justice has not been served, reads the petition filed in 2013.
The first killing took place in 1996 when Mohammad Yousuf Shah was killed by 15RR on the pretext of being a militant. In 1998 another member of family, Mohammad Iqbal Shah was killed on same grounds. The misery continued and from 2000 to 2006, five more members of the family were killed.
The police in its report dated 12-2-2014 stated that Mohammad Yousuf Shah and Mohammad Iqbal Shah were Pakistan trained militants and were killed in an encounter with security forces. Also, another family member Mohammad Maqbool Shah was a local trained militant killed in 2000 in an encounter, police said.
Zaman Shah and Dilawar Shah were killed by unidentified gunmen in 2000 and 2003. Another family member Muneer Shah who was working as SPO in police department was killed in an IED blast in 2002. His wife Haseena Begum was appointed at his place and was killed by unknown gunmen.
Though FIRs in all these cases were lodged but cases were closed as untraced.
The petition said that the police report presented in 2014 had many loopholes.
The commission observed that the magnitude of human loss was much bigger than anything.
“We cannot remain mute spectators to mass violation of human life. Seven members of family got killed and to this date no one has been booked.”
“We direct SP SHRC to conduct an enquiry into the killings of three members of family and submit a report within three months” said the commission.