SRINAGAR: A fresh petition on civilian killings was filed before the state Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday, seeking a thorough investigation and explanation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) followed by government forces during any untoward incident.
The petition filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo seeks investigation into the killing of a Srinagar boy, Adil Ahmed, who was crushed by an Army vehicle on May 5, the day when an encounter between militants and security forces took place at Chattabal area of Srinagar in which three militants were also killed.
“On the very next day, the gunfight which took place at Shopian between militants and security forces led to the death of five civilians. Five militants were also killed. The five civilians identified are: Zubair Ahmed, Nisar Ahmed, Arif Ahmed, Sajjad Ahmed and Adil Ahmed who were killed during the encounter. They were innocents and were killed in an act of cold-blooded murder.”
“The killing of civilians has become a norm in Kashmir. Every single day there are killings of civilians at the hands of government forces which has to be stopped and culprits involved in these gruesome killings need to be brought to justice to sustain faith in the system,” the petition reads.
The petition submitted that civilian killings are not at all justified and that proper investigation needs to be done to take matters to a logical conclusion. It further submits that given the past experiences, the investigations carried by the authorities are just to hoodwink people. In order to sustain faith in the system, the petition prays that investigation be speedy and findings be established for these unfortunate killings which are happening on a daily basis.
The petition has been filed against Director General of Police and Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Station House Officer, Safakadal, and also against Chief Secretary of State and Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.
“It is ironic to see that young boys are being killed mercilessly without making anybody accountable for the crime. People are losing faith in the system ,” rued Ahsan Untoo.