SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has issued notices to Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kupwara, to file a detailed report explaining the circumstances in which the killing of a Beacon official of Tamil Nadu took place due to Army firing on September 30 at Rangwar Kralpora, Kupwara.
Acting on petition no. SHRC/333/Kupwara, moved by rights activist Ahsan Untoo, Commission member Abdul Hameed Wani issued notices to the concerned officers for compliance report, seeking the factual circumstances of the case in which the killing of the non-local, namely Umesh of Tamil Nadu, took place.
The petitioner states in the petition that a non-local was killed without justification, adding that somebody moving in the bushes doesn’t give security personnel the licence to kill innocent people.
The petitioner pleaded for a thorough enquiry to be conducted into the killing. It was prayed that an SHRC investigation team conduct the probe so that the facts can be brought to the fore. The petition also sought to have an SHRC investigation team find out why non-locals are killed in the name of targeting militants.
The petition queried ruefully if this is the Standard Operating Procedure followed by the Army while dealing with these kinds of situations.
Meanwhile the Army has already claimed that the Beacon official was repeatedly asked to stop but he ignored the signals and got killed.
The petitioner, while hailing the stand taken by the SHRC, stated that it hardly matters whether the slain belonged to Kashmir or outside; what matters is that an innocent was killed.
“I demand a thorough probe into the incident to find out how Umesh was killed. Kashmir is a place where even non locals too aren’t spared, and one can understand how safe the common Kashmiri’s are here,” the petitioner said.