Mentally challenged killed in ‘encounter’ in 2017

Mentally challenged killed in ‘encounter’ in 2017
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SHRC asks DC Kupwara to provide relief to family

Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Friday directed Deputy Commissioner Kupwara to see what kind of relief can be given to the family of a mentally challenged youth who was killed in an “encounter” in 2017.
A petition filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo stated that a mentally challenged person, Shahid Bashir Mir, a 21 year old from Huffrada, Tehratpora Handwara was killed on 22 August, 2017 during an army operation in Handwara. The army as per news report published on 23 August, 2017 had claimed that they have killed a militant in the operation “which means that the deceased youth was killed in fake encounter which merits proper investigation”.
A report filed by Director General of Police before SHRC on 30 April, 2018 states that on 23 August 2017 Gulshan Begum wife of Bashir Ahmed Mir appeared before police station Vilgam with an application that his son, Shahid Bashir Mir, was missing since 21 August 2017 who is mentally sick and is a student of Arts. On the same day 6-RR (Rashtriya Rifles) Vilgam Camp brought an unidentified body and stated that during search operation of Hangikote forests, the militants fired upon the search party which was retaliated by army for self-defence. During cross firing one unidentified person was killed. Case FIR no.81/2017 under section 307,7/27 Arms Act stands registered at PS Vilgam and accordingly investigation was set into motion.
During investigation, the unidentified body was identified as Shahid Bashir Mir. After completing the legal/medico formalities the body was handed over to the family.
The statements of witnesses including the father of the deceased were recorded under section 164-A CrPc (criminal procedure code). As per the statements of the witnesses, the deceased was a mentally challenged person and was killed in cross firing between militants and security personnel.
“The deceased was not involved in any criminal case or subversive activities as per the records of police station Vilgam. However, the investigation of the case is still going on,” the report states.
The commission directed petitioner Ahsan Untoo to file a rejoinder by June 6.