Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara to file a detailed compliance report to answer why a handicapped man from a village of Kupwara was beaten severely by policemen.
The commission directed SSP Kupwara to file the report by May 15, 2018.
A petition filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo stated that on April 5, 2018, a handicapped person namely Mohammad Wali Mir of Khurhama, Lolab, was brutally beaten by policemen.
“The incident occurred when the handicapped Mir went to buy bread from a nearby baker (kandur) in the morning but on the way was apprehended by police and taken to a nearby police station where he was badly beaten by station house officer (SHO) and other policemen for around 10-15 minutes. Mir asked the policeman what had he done, to which he was beaten again by the concerned SHO of the police station and other policemen present there,” the petition stated.
At around 1pm, the petition stated, the Deputy Superintendent of SOG (special operations group) was called to the police station and he took away Mir to the SOG quarter.
“At the said quarter his clothes were taken off and the SOG personnel beat him up to pulp. He was asked by the SOG men why you have raised an objectionable flag on a tree, to which Mir replied that he being a handicapped person cannot walk properly how come he will raise a flag at such height. Mir was again beaten and was taken back to police station Koligam. For the whole night he was kept there and on the next morning at around 8am, a dozen SOG men and other policemen started beating him again.The blood started oozing out from his mouth. The concerned SHO of the police station told two policemen to go to Mir’s house and inform his family to take him back,” the petition stated.
The three family members of Mir came to the police station where they found him in a very bad condition, the petition said, adding that on prior visits made by Mir’s family to the police station, the SHO had not released him.
Later Mir was hospitalised and doctors at the Handwara sub district hospital referred him to Srinagar hospital for better treatment. “The doctors have said that due to the continuous beating, Mir had suffered injuries which can prove fatal for him,” Untoo said in his petition.
The petition prayed that action be taken against the erring police officers and report be submitted before the commission to answer why this kind of injustice is being done with innocent people and that, too, with a handicapped man.