Srinagar: A civilian who died of injuries sustained in firing by government forces has not been described in the police report as a “stone-pelter” or as being “part of a stone-pelting mob”, which is how police usually explain civilian deaths during protests/clashes.
In response to a petition in the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), the police on Friday submitted a report by its Criminal Investigation Department (CID) which only says that a civilian, Sheeraz Ahmed Naikoo of Anantnag, was injured in firing of tear smoke shells/pellets by government forces “during stone-pelting” in Anantnag town on June 16, 2018, and later succumbed to his injuries at district hospital Anantnag.
The incident took place in Anantnag town on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr on June 16, 2018.
In a report submitted to the Director General of Police, J&K, the CID stated that after culmination of Eid prayers at Eidgah Ahl-i-Hadith Ashajipora and at Eidgah Hanfia Janglat Mandi Anantnag, an unruly mob resorted to stone-pelting upon police/ security forces deployed around the Hanifa Eidgah and Police Post Janglat Mandi.
The report states that “police/ security forces tried to disperse the protestors in a peaceful manner but the mob turned more violent and continuously pelted stones on the deployed police/ security forces’ personnel.”
“The police/ security forces’ personnel in retaliation fired some tear gas smoke shells/ pellets to disperse the miscreants and soon the clashes spread to other parts of town Anantnag. One youth, namely Sheeraz Ahmed Naikoo, s/o Abdul Gani Naikoo, r/o Brakpora Anantnag, received injuries during the stone-pelting who was shifted to District Hospital Anantnag for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries,” the report says.
The police report was filed in response to a petition filed by rights activist Ahsan Untoo in case SHRC/203/Ang/2018.
Commenting on the police report, Untoo said that the police have admitted that Sheeraz sustained fatal injuries in firing by government forces even though the police report has not identified him as a stone-pelter or protestor. Untoo said that the police must identify who fired at Sheeraz in violation of the Standard Operating Procedure.
“I urge the commission (SHRC) to direct police to fix responsibility and to identify the police or paramilitary personnel involved in the killing of Sheeraz,” Untoo said.