SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights commission (SHRC) on Thursday issued notice to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar, to submit a detailed report on the circumstances which led to the death of a youth at Nowhatta on June 1.
The commission headed by Justice Rtd. Bilal Nazki passed direction to SSP Srinagar after a fresh petition on the killing of the youth, namely Qaisar Amin Bhat, was moved before it by rights activist Ahsan Untoo. The commission directed the SSP to file the report by July 2.
The petition sought the commission’s indulgence to seek investigation of the matter regarding the death of Qaisar Amin Bhat, crushed to death on June 1 by an armoured vehicle.
The petition states that on June 1, the public was offering congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid, as is routine. After prayers, young boys assembled outside the mosque and staged peaceful demonstrations against last Friday’s police action inside the Jamia Masjid. Soon a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle ran into the crowd of over 500 people, which consequently led to fierce clashes. In order to wriggle out of the mob, the CRPF vehicle ran at high speed over two youth, namely Younis Ahmed and Qaisar Amin. The boys were rushed to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences hospital, but Qaisar had suffered internal injuries due to which he unfortunately died at the hospital at 11:30 PM. A medical report revealed that Qaisar died of heart attack caused by grievous injuries to his internal organs, a fractured ribcage and injuries to his head.
The report further states that images of the incident went viral on social media, sparking anger across Kashmir. It is worth mentioning that Qaisar was an orphan who had been raised along with his two younger sisters by his paternal uncle since 2008. Qaisar’s death has left his sisters alienated. Incidents of this kind are the outcome of irresponsible action from government forces which is against the principles and ethics of human rights, the petition said.
The petition lamented that the brutal action by security agencies in Kashmir has left a big blot on the democratic setup where any protest is defeated by vehicles crushing pedestians, direct gunshots, stray bullets, blinding by pellet guns and even tying innocents to army vehicles.
The petition pleaded that action be initiated against the driver of the armoured vehicle which crushed the youth and that investigation into this case be brought before the public.