SHRC seeks report on Hawoora killings

SHRC seeks report on Hawoora killings
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SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Wednesday asked the state government and police to file a report on how three civilian were killed in Hawoora village of Kulgam on July 9.
The commission member Dilshada Shaheen passed directions to Chief Secretary of the state, Commissioner Secretary, Home department and Director General of Police to file a detailed compliance report to answer why three civilians including a teenage girl were killed in Kulgam district of July 9.
The commission also sought a report on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) followed by government forces during encounters by August 14.
The SHRC directions came in response to a petition filed by activist Ahsan Untoo. The slain civilians killed were Shakir Ahmed Khanday (19), Irshad Majeed lone (22) and a teenage girl Andleeb (13). The petition reads that on July 9, the army entered Hawoora and Redwani Village of Kulgam district and soon after people came to know that forces were smashing window panes and beating people. As per the reports, protesting youth took to streets and in this mayhem forces fired indiscriminately leading to death of three civilians on spot and injuries to more than dozen people.
A 13-year-old girl was also killed mercilessly besides other two young boys. In the interest of justice let the killers be brought to justice, the petition said.
The petitioner stated that civilian killings and injuries were 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. He also sought that 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”.