Srinagar: Hearing a petition on the civilian killings in Kulgam, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursday directed the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kulgam and Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Kulgam to file a detailed compliance report to answer under what circumstances the deaths of the four civilians took place. The commission directed that the report be filed by May 16.
The petition filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo sought an inquiry from SHRC’s investigation wing to ascertain how the killings of four innocent civilians took place. Untoo stated before the SHRC that the four civilians killed, namely Sharjeel Ahmed Sheikh, Bilal Ahmed Tantray, Faisal Illahi and Aijaz Ahmed Palla, were all innocent and were killed in cold blood by government forces.
“Being near an encounter site doesn’t justify the killings. It has be properly investigated and killers must be given punishment under law,” he stated in his petition.
The petition also stated that more than 60 civilians were injured by pellets, bullets and tear gas shells in Kulgam during the encounter between government forces and militants.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Untoo said, “Everyday there are fresh killings and the situation on the ground is getting bad to worse. At this point of time, authorities should take sensible steps. The government is taking us nowhere.”