SHRC tells Kulgam, Anantnag DCs to explain June civilian killings

SHRC tells Kulgam, Anantnag DCs to explain June civilian killings
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Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday passed direction to the deputy commissioners of Kulgam and Anantnag and also to the concerned senior superintendents of police of the two districts to file a detailed compliance report to answer why two civilians were killed in the two districts during encounter operations on June 22 and June 24.
The SHRC Chairman Justice (retd.) Bilal Nazki also passed direction to the concerned officials to file a report on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) followed during search operations. The Commission directed that the report be filed by August 8.
The directions were passed on a petition moved before the Commission by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo.
The petition reads that in the first incident, which took place on June 22 in Anantnag district’s Srigufwara area, a man named Mohammad Yousuf was killed and his wife was badly injured in security forces’ firing during encounter operations. Around 16 civilians suffered several firearm injuries and four persons sustained pellet injuries due to the forces’ action.
In the second incident, which took place on June 24 at Kulgam district, Yawar Ahmed Dar, a young man aged 23 years, received a bullet wound in his chest near Chadder area of Kulgam where forces and militants were engaged in a fierce gunbattle. He was badly injured and was taken to hospital where he was declared brought dead. The security forces ransacked several residential houses that day and beat scores of people, including women.
The petition further states that more than two dozen people were injured in clashes and many among them were hit by pellets.
The petitioner points out that the civilian killings and injuries are the outcome of irresponsible action by the security forces, which is against the ethics and principles of human rights.
It pleaded before the rights body to pass appropriate orders for the investigation of the civilian killings and to find out the real facts behind them. The petitioner further prayed that the concerned authorities be directed to compensate the victims and the families of all the injured civilians.
The petitioner’s plea was for “the killers [to] be brought to justice and [to let] direction be passed to security forces to explain their standard operating procedures while dealing with protests”.