SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Police will recommend to the state government to pay relief to the owner of the building in Karan Nagar which was damaged in an encounter this week.
Kashmir Range Inspector General of Police, SP Pani, told Kashmir Reader that an investigation has revealed that the owner had no involvement in the incident, which makes him eligible for the relief.
“We won’t let the owner suffer. We won’t punish him for anything he has not done. He will get all the benefits he is entitled to. In our report that we will forward to the state government, we will mention the same,” Pani said, adding, “The process may take some weeks.”
A top official in the government, on condition of anonymity, told Kashmir Reader that under a Service Rules Order (SRO), a person who is not involved in militancy is eligible for compensation if his building or property is damaged in an encounter. In the case of damage to a building, government sources said, up to Rs 10 lakh can be given as compensation: seven lakh for the building and three lakh for its interiors.
A dozen households of people who had no involvement in militancy have already received compensation from the government in south Kashmir. Many other households, of persons who were found to be involved in militancy, were paid nothing for their damaged buildings. Local communities have helped such households through crowd funding.
Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, GM Dar, said he has already sanctioned compensation to a number of households in his district.
In the Karan Nagar encounter, the building was partially damaged from the nearly 20,000 bullets and 250 UBGL grenades fired into the building to kill the holed-up militants. The front portion of the building, from where the militants fired, was peppered with bullets.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Abid, told Kashmir Reader that “necessary action under the rules will be taken.”
Former law minister Ali Mohammad Sagar said that the government should pay compensation to the owner if no involvement of his in the incident has been found.