SHRC seeks report on alleged torture of Pulwama civilian

SHRC seeks report on alleged torture of Pulwama civilian
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Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Friday issued notice to the J&K Government through Commissioner Secretary, Home Department, Director General of Police (DGP), and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pulwama to file a detailed report with respect to allegations of severe torture of a civilian, Tariq Ahmed Sheikh of Pulwama, by government forces on December 4. Commission member Dilshada Shaheen issued the notices in response to a petition filed by rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo (case number SHRC/416/ Pul/2018).

She called for response within one week from the officers concerned. As per the petition, the victim, Tariq Ahmed Sheikh of Othora, Pulwama, was severely beaten on the intervening night of December 3 and 4, when army men knocked on his door. “All the family members were detained and kept in one separate room and thereafter the victim was ruthlessly beaten by the forces with iron rod… (the forces) tried to burn him alive by opening the knob of gas pipe. The victim has suffered grave injuries due to the severe torture inflicted on him,” the petitioner said.

The victim, according to the petitioner, was asked to admit that he was a militant and was forced to hold a gun in his hands. “The victim was threatened and told that he will be killed and later labelled as a militant,” the petitioner said. The petitioner urged the SHRC to ask the government, DGP, and SSP Pulwama to lodge an FIR against the army unit involved in the act and conduct a thorough probe.