Kashmir saw curfew 168 times since 2016: Govt

Kashmir saw curfew 168 times since 2016: Govt
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No enquiry commissions into civilian killings, rights violations in last two years

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday said that curfew and restrictions were imposed 168 times in nine districts of the Valley during the last two years. The government also said that there were at least 85 law-and-order incidents in 2016 while the government had recorded only 20 such incidents in the past year.
The government also said that no enquiry commission had been constituted since 2016 to probe civilian killings and rights violations.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti revealed this in the state Assembly in a written reply to a question by National Conference legislator Ali Mohammad Sagar.
She said that in Anantnag district, curfew and restrictions were imposed 51 times, followed by 37 times in Baramulla district, 25 times each in Srinagar and Budgam districts, 17 times in Pulwama district, 14 times in Shopian district, nine times in Bandipora district, seven times in Kulgam district and three times in Ganderbal district.
Besides these, curfew had also been imposed five times in Kishtwar district of the Jammu region.
Mufti said that the restrictions were imposed as necessitated by the situation and cordon and search operations were carried out on specific information.
About civilian killings and rights violations, the government said, “The range DIGs vide order number 93 of 2017 dated 09/01/2017 have been directed to constitute district level investigation teams headed by the concerned Dy SP (headquarters) for carrying out time-bound investigation of all such cases where deaths of civilians and police personnel are involved.”
However, the DIG (SKR) was directed vide order number 92 of 2017, dated 09/01/2017, to constitute an SIT to probe case FIR number 156/2016 registered in Police Station Pampore. The case relates to the 17 August 2016 murder of college lecturer Shabir Ahmad Mangoo by the army in Pampore’s Shaar -e-Shali village.
In another such case, the DIG (CKR) was asked to constitute an SIT to probe case FIR number 57/2016 registered in Police Station Karan Nagar. The case relates to the killing of an ATM guard, Riyaz Ahmad Shah, who was showered with a barrage of pellets allegedly by CRPF soldiers as he was returning from his duty late on the night of 2 August 2016.
“There are five magisterial enquires ordered in 2016,” the Chief Minister said.
The chief minister added that there was a spurt in the number of militancy-related cases as 2017 recorded 48 such cases while there were only 17 in 2016.
The government said that 79 suspected militants were arrested in 2016 while, in 2017, 97 such persons were taken into custody.
The government also said that a total of 474 cases of NoK of civilians were pending disposal under SRO-43.

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