Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Tuesday asked for a report from the Deputy Commissioner Shopian and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shopian on the firing of pellets that injured 18-month-old Hiba Nisar in her eye.
The commission’s chairperson, Retired Justice Bilal Nazki, issued the directions after rights activist Ahsan Untoo moved a petition pleading that a small child had been snatched of her eyesight by government forces who fired pellets on people in Shopian on Sunday.
Untoo pleaded before the commission that in the interest of justice, the commission should direct government authorities to answer as to how a toddler became the target of pellets fired by security forces.
It was also pleaded in the petition that compensation be provided to the family of the little girl.
Hiba Nisar was hit by pellets on the day government forces killed six militants in an overnight encounter in Shopian district. A civilian was killed and dozens were injured after government forces allegedly opened fire on civilian protestors.
Hiba’s family has said that the little girl was hit by pellets when her mother tried to take her and her son away from their house which was filled with teargas fired by government forces.
Untoo stated before the SHRC that due to the teargas smoke, Hiba and her five-year-old brother were continuously coughing and unable to breathe, which forced their mother to take them away from the house. As soon as Hiba’s mother opened the door, pellets were fired at them which unfortunately hit Hiba in her right eye and also hit her mother’s hand, Untoo told the SHRC in his petition.