SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Friday called for a detailed report from the Deputy Commissioner Pulwama and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Awantipora with respect to the vandalising of property and the thrashing of the family members of Hizb Commander Lateef Ahmed Dar alias Lateef Tiger.
The Commission directed the authorities to file a report within three weeks answering why the militant’s family was thrashed and property vandalised.
Commission member Dilshada Shaheen passed the order after a petition was moved by rights activist Ahsan Untoo, stating that during the search operation on 5 September, the family of militant Lateef Tiger was thrashed and their household property was vandalised without any reason.
The petitioner stated that it has become a common scene nowadays where families of militants are harassed and thrashed.
Pointing out that government forces thrashed three brothers of the Hizb militant in the course of the search operation, the petitioner questioned where are the government forces following law on the ground.
The petition states that, while thrashing three of Lateef Tiger’s brothers, namely Gulzar Ahmad Dar, Nadeem Ahmad Dar and Zubair Ahmad Dar, the government forces also thrashed three of his neighbours viz., Mohammad Azhar Ud Din, Bilal Ahmad Dar and Ishfaq Ahmad Lone during the operation. It further stated that one of Lateef’s brothers had suffered injuries due to the thrashing and had been shifted to a nearby hospital, where he is undergoing treatment.
The petitioner pleaded before the Commission stating that it has become routine for government forces to day in day out target families of militants, which is violation of human rights. The petitioner rued that one member of the family taking up arms doesn’t mean that the whole family will be punished for the offence.
It was prayed before the Commission that an FIR be lodged against erring security personnel who harass and beat innocent families of militants.