Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday granted five weeks to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shopian to file a detailed report on the civilian killings that took place on Sunday in Shopian. The direction was passed by Retired Justice Bilal Nazki after a petition was filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo seeking time-bound inquiry into the killings and free medical treatment to those injured by government forces. The petition stated that the civilian killings and injuries to about 200 people were caused by irresponsible action on the part of security forces, which violated human rights.
Untoo also stated before the commission that one of the killed civilians was used as a human shield by government forces.
Untoo stated in his petition that on April 1, 2018, gunfights took place at three different places, one at Anantnag and two at Shopian, between security forces and militants during which four innocent civilians lost their life. Referring to news reports published in a leading daily newspaper of Kashmir, Untoo stated, “Security personnel forced one civilian, namely Mushtaq Ahmed Thakur, to go near the house where militants were hiding in Dragad-Sugan village of Shopian. When the shooting began, he was unable to run away and fell to the bullets which meant that he was used as human shield and this amounts to grave human rights violation.”
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Untoo said, “On April 9 last year, Farooq Dar, a shawl weaver by profession, was used as human shield by Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi. The said Major was given awards and commendation for it. BJP leader Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga is selling T-shirts promoting the human shield act on an online portal called T-shirt Bhaiya. To add more insult to the injury, the inhuman act has been highlighted in a Bollywood movie, Baaghi 2, where Tiger Shroff acting as an army officer is shown using a man in Kashmir as a human shield, tying him to the hood of his jeep to protect himself from an angry crowd. This kind of glorification of the ugly incident has boosted the morale of the security forces and these kind of incidents may take place more often as a consequence.”