SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Tuesday issued notice to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shopian and the Deputy Commissioner Shopian to file a detailed compliance report on how a teenage girl, namely Saima Wani, died during an encounter in Shopian district on January 24.
The Commission, headed by Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki, directed the state police and concerned authorities to file a compliance report by March 14.
A fresh petition filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo stated before the SHRC that “Saima Wani, who was the sister of Hizb militant Sameer Wani, was hit by bullet in her head during the encounter. The facts of the case, that how a teenage girl was hit by bullet in her head, need to be investigated. She was a civilian, and authorities are duty-bound to protect life of innocent civilians.”
He further stressed that the concerned police officials be directed to file a report on the circumstances which led to her death.
The petition states that on 24 January an encounter raged between security forces and militants at Chaigund village of Shopain wherein two militants were killed as also a civilian, namely Shakir Ahmed. Saima Wani and another girl, Sabreena Bhat, were also badly injured by the security firing. Both girls were hit in their heads.
Saima Wani succumbed to her injuries on February 10, after battling for life for 18 days in the ICU of the SK Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar. Wani died due to infection in her brain. The bullet which hit her had fractured her skull, thereby entering her brain, which led to her death.
This petition seeks as to ascertain how she got hit on her head and why innocent civilians were targeted. Wani’s death is the sixth civilian casualty from the encounter of January 24.