SHRC seeks report from police on cab driver’s killing by army

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Srinagar: The State Human rights Commission (SHRC) on Tuesday directed the J&K Director General of Police (DGP) to file a detailed compliance report by July 27 to answer how the killing of an innocent civilian named Bilal Ahmed Ganaie took place.
Ganie was a Sumo cab driver who was killed in an exchange of fire between militants and the army at Kakapora at around 10:15 pm on May 27.
The Commission’s chairperson Retired Justice Bilal Nazki passed the directions after hearing a petition filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo.
In his petition, Untoo sought an investigation supervised by the SHRC into the killing of Ganaie. He stated in the petition that on the night of May 27, soldiers of the army’s 50 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) without any provocation fired upon the civilian which caused his instant death.
He further stated in the petition that the killing of civilians at the hands of security forces has become a norm in Kashmir and no one is being held accountable for these killings.
The petition also rued that the orders passed by the Home Ministry regarding the Ramadhan ceasefire had been violated by security personnels by killing an innocent civilian.
The petitioner pleaded before the commission that a team be constituted to investigate the civilian killing and that the team be directed to furnish its report into the killing within 15 days.
Ganaie was critically injured after suffering a bullet injury in his head, following which he was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.