SHRC seeks report on Shopian girl’s killing during gunfight

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SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has issued notice to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shopian and the Deputy Commissioner Shopian to file a detailed compliance report within two weeks to answer how a teenage girl, namely Saima Wani, was hit by a bullet during an encounter in Shopian district on January 24 and ultimately succumbed to her injuries on February 10.
The Commission also directed the concerned officers to file a report on standard operating procedures adopted by security forces during any untoward incident.
A petition filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo stated before the SHRC that “Saima Wani, who was the sister of Hizb militant Sameer Wani, was hit by bullet in her head during the encounter. The facts of the case, that how a teenage girl was hit by bullet in her head, needs to be investigated. She was a civilian, and authorities are duty-bound to protect life of innocent civilians.”
He further stressed that the concerned police officials be directed to file a report on the circumstances which led to her death.
The petition states that on January 24 an encounter raged between security forces and militants at Chaigund village of Shopian, wherein two militants were killed as also a civilian, namely Shakir Ahmed. Saima Wani and another girl, Sabreena Bhat, were also badly injured by the firing. Both girls were hit in their heads.
Saima Wani succumbed to her injuries on February 10 after battling for life for 18 days in the ICU of the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar. She died due to infection in her brain. The bullet which hit her had fractured her skull, thereby entering her brain, which led to her death.