SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed the Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara, to consider granting of relief under SRO-43 to the family of a slain civilian, (Sumo driver) Asif Iqbal, within two months.
The commission directed the authorities to file the action-taken report within the same two-month period.
Meanwhile the authorities have disclosed before the SHRC that Rs 1 lakh has been sanctioned in favour of the father of the deceased and that he has already received the amount. With regard to other reliefs under SRO-43, however, no decision has been taken as yet.
The commission headed by Rtd. Justice Bilal Nazki directed the petitioners to file an application before Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara, and the same shall be considered by the officer for granting of relief under SRO-43 within a period of two months.
Iqbal, who was a Sumo driver by profession, was allegedly killed by the army on 17 December 2017, after the army had laid an ambush for tracking down militants in 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 any medical help.
A plea filed by Ahsan Untoo, chairman, International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHRJK), said, “ It is very good step that some relief has been provided to the family but what about magisterial enquiry and FIR against that Army unit who killed Asif Iqbal?”
“Deputy commissioner Kupwara had ordered for magisterial enquiry but no army personnel have been arrested till date. This is just to hoodwink people.”
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.”
“We are seeking that SHRC should itself order a probe through its own investigation wing,” he added.
The Army had also in their statement said that Iqbal was killed in cross firing and investigations are on. The state police had also stated that an FIR has been lodged, but so far nothing concrete has been submitted before the SHRC with respect to the investigation of the case.