Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has asked the Director General of Police (DGP) and Chief Secretary J&K to file a report within two months on the killings of civilians at gunfight sites during 2017.
The commission member Abdul Hamid Wani directed the concerned officers to file the report on district wise basis.
The Commission passed the direction through Additional Advocate General M M Khan and Chief Prosecuting Officer (CPO) Mumtaz Saleem.
A fresh petition filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo before commission sought intervention of SHRC investigation wing to probe the civilian killings at encounter during 2017.
The petition states that in 2017, the killings graph has increased as an admitted fact by the government but the official figures are not a true reflection of the ground reality. “Data collected by the International Forum for Justice and Human rights (IFJHRJK) presents a grim picture when it comes to killings of 2017. It is to mention that during 2017, 450 persons were killed in which 124 security personnels, 217 militants, 108 civilians and 1 Ikhwani were the casualties. The much hyped propaganda of peace by government falls apart when one looks at the scale of unabated violence and gross human rights violation,” the petition said.
A comparison of militants and armed forces killings in last four years reveals that while 560 militants have been killed in the given period, the armed forces have also lost 364 personnel to violence taking the ratio close to 2:1.