SHRC asks for report on 2016 civilian killings

SHRC asks for report on 2016 civilian killings
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Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Saturday issued notice to the Director General of Police (DGP) and Chief Secretary of J&K govt to file a detailed compliance report within one month on the killings of civilians during the 2016 unrest.
The commission passed this direction through Additional Advocate General MM Khan and Chief Prosecuting Officer (CPO) Mumtaz Saleem.
Member of the commission Dilshada Shaheen held that no sustainable report has been filed before the commission on the civilian killings of 2016.
The commission was hearing a petition on civilian killings of 2016 filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo. The petition stated that the killing of innocent civilians in any part of Kashmir by police or army is unjustified. “Under criminal procedure code, even killing criminals is not justified and is a punishable offence,” reads the petition.
The petition further reads that during 2016 the civilians were intentionally killed with live bullets and pellets. It said the killings were the outcome of irresponsible action of government forces to tackle protests which were at peak after the killing of militant commander Burhan wani.
“The government forces are only using lethal weapons in Kashmir to stop the protests which unfortunately has led to so many deaths, including thousands of injured. This type of brutally controlling the protests is still prevalent in Kashmir unlike in other parts of India,” the petition said.
The petition stated that investigation of civilian killings during 2016 unrest should be properly done so that perpetrators can be brought to justice. It also submitted that compensation be provided to the kin of victims who got killed and also to those who were grievously injured during the unrest. Also, an explanation be sought from concerned officers regarding procedures followed during crowd control in Kashmir, the petition said.