Kulgam girl was killed by army in self-defence: Police tells SHRC

Kulgam girl was killed by army in self-defence: Police tells SHRC
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Srinagar: The Kulgam girl shot dead by the army on July 7 was part of an “unruly mob” and was hit by a bullet after soldiers opened fire in self-defence, states the report of Director General of Police (DGP) filed before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).
In response to a petition filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo in the SHRC, the DGP’s report states that Andleeb, a teenage girl of Redwani, Kulgam district, was part of a mob that was pelting stones at a patrolling party of the army which was moving through Hawoora, Redwani Payeen village on routine patrol on the day of the incident.
In reply to Untoo’s petition (SHRC/ 227Klgm/ 2018), the DGP has stated that on July 7, 2018, police station Qaimoh received reliable information that a patrolling party of the army at Redwani Payeen was pelted with stones by an unruly mob that was armed with lathis and stones and intended to kill the soldiers.
The DGP’s reply states that in self-defence, the army soldiers opened fire in the air, but some persons, namely Zair Ahmed Lone, Imtiyaz Ahmed Dar alias Yasir, Irshad Ahmed Lone, Shakir Ahmed Khanday, and two girls, namely Andleeb Jan, daughter of Ali Muhammad Allie, and Kawsar Jan, daughter of Muhammad Shafi Allie, sustained injuries. They were taken to hospital for treatment where Irshad Ahmed Lone, Shakir Ahmed Khanday and the girl Andleeb Jan succumbed to their injuries, the DGP’s report states.
Another response, filed by the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kulgam, reads that during the course of investigations, the investigation officer found that the deceased persons were part of the unruly mob at the time of the incident. The reply reads that if police would have taken the body of the deceased in their possession, the situation may have further deteriorated.
The SHRC had earlier issued notices to Chief Secretary J&K, DGP J&K, and SSP Kulgam to file a response on questions raised in Untoo’s petition.
Untoo termed the police response as a “cruel joke” and said that the teenage girl was not part of any mob and had gone out of her house only to look for her brother.
“It has been the habit of police to hide their fault by cooking up stories. The slain girl wasn’t part of the mob and had ventured out of her house only to look for her brother, something that has been endorsed by her neighbours. I demand fresh investigations into the case. The probe must be conducted by a sitting High Court judge,” Untoo said to Kashmir Reader.
He added, “Andleeb and two other youths were killed in targeted firing on that day. Security personnel fired directly at the civilians, killing three on the spot. The intention of the soldiers was to kill.”