Govt refuses compensation for Budgam human shield

Govt refuses compensation for Budgam human shield
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BUDGAM: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday said that it can’t pay compensation to human shield victim Farooq Ahmad Dar as there was “no allegation of violation” of his human rights against the state.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in the assembly, while replying to a written question of senior National Conference leader Ali Muhammad Sagar, that no allegations as regards violation of the human rights of the applicant have been levelled against the state government or any of its functionaries.
“The state government has discharged its obligation by registering an FIR no. 38/2017 in the matter at PS Beerwah and consequently initiating the investigation,” she added.
The government said that paying compensation to Dar, “pending completion of the investigation in the matter… (would be) tantamount to establish the guilt of the accused without affording him an opportunity of being heard”. Dar was tied to the bonnet of an army jeep by the army’s Major Leetul Gogoi on the day of the Parliamentary polls in April last year.
In the reply, the government also termed as “handicapped” the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) which had recommended a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Dar.
It also said that the SHRC lacks domain to go into the conduct of the army.
In response to this, Dar’s family and relatives said that “it is totally injustice” with their poor family.
“How long will we suffer? First, we faced lot of hardships when he was tied to jeep and now denying compensation adds salt to our wounds. We have simply been left to die by the government,” they said.

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