SHRC seeks report on Shopian killings

SHRC seeks report on Shopian killings
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Directs state to submit report on SOP followed by forces

Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Wednesday directed civil and police officials to submit a report on the recent killing of four civilians in Shopian, besides submitting a report on ‘Standard Operating Procedures’(SOPs) followed by government forces during any untoward or militancy related incident.
The SHRC directed Chief Secretary and Director General of Police to submit the report on ‘Standard operating Procedures’(SOPs), while asking Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Shopain to file a report on the circumstances under which four civilians were killed in a recent incident at Shopian.
The commission directed the officials to file both the reports by April 2.
The SHRC was hearing a fresh petition filed by rights activist Ahsan Untoo which stated that innocent civilians are being killed on daily basis in Kashmir and that no security personnel was taken to task for the unjustified killings.
The petition mentioned the killing of three youths by the troopers on 27 January by an Army unit of 10 Garhwal Regiment headed by Major Aditya in Shopian, and the recent killing of six men, four of them civilians, in Shopian again.
The petition also noted that on March 5, the state government stated in the Supreme Court that Major Aditya was not named in the FIR registered after the killing of three civilians on Jan 27.
“This is unfortunate on part of elected government that they have shielded the officer who was involved in the gruesome killings,” the petition said adding. “That incident was still fresh yet another incident took place in Shopain wherein six persons were killed by security forces. Four of them have been identified as civilians.”
The petition submitted that killing spree of Kashmiris should be stopped and government forces should follow SOPs on ground.
It also pleaded that all the killings should be properly investigated so that faith in law and judiciary is maintained among masses.