SHRC seeks report on Kupwara civilian killing

Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday issued notice to the Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara to file a compliance report about the circumstances leading to death of civilian Asif Iqbal. The slain was killed in army firing on Saturday night last week.
The commission directed the authorities to file the report by 15 February 2018.
Iqbal, who was a Sumo driver by profession, was killed on Saturday evening allegedly by the army after it laid an ambush for tracking down militants Kupwara’s Kralpora village.
Iqbal, according to local witnesses, had come out of his house for ferrying patients to the hospital but was shot by the army and succumbed to his injuries before he could get medical help.
Three civilians have already died in army firing this month. The latest casualty was a 25-year-old mother from Shopian district, who was killed on Wednesday.
A plea has been filed by Ahsan Untoo, Chairman, International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR), seeking punishment to the culprits.
The plea states that it has become a norm for government forces to kill people at will in Kashmir under the name of stray bullets or cross firing. It is absolutely “unwarranted” and “unfortunate that common people are being targeted”.
Discarding magisterial probes, Untoo said, “Till date, nothing has come out from these cosmetic probes which are only meant to shield these (security forces) personnel. I have sought stern punishment for the culprits. The magisterial enquiry ordered by the government does not hold any significance as it is just to hoodwink people.
“We are seeking that SHRC should itself order a probe through its own investigation wing,” he added.
Meanwhile, the army in its statement has said that the Sumo driver was killed in cross firing and that investigations are going on in this matter.
The police have registered an FIR at Kralpora police station and have also started investigations, as per the SSP Kupwara.