Srinagar: The J&K Police has claimed in its report to the SHRC that a man named Shahid Manzoor Mir who was killed during an encounter in November last year in Shopian was an associate of a Hizbul Mujahideen militant, while as the report of the Tehsildar Shopian has stated that the deceased was a “civilian” and a “labourer by profession”.
The contradictory reports have come in response to a petition filed in the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) by rights activist Ahsan Untoo.
The police report, filed by the SSP Shopian, states that on November 3, 2018, Police Station Shopian received reliable information about presence of HM militants in the residential house of Shahid Manzoor Mir of Khudpora Shopain. It says that the army’s 23 PARA unit along with the police cordoned off the area and when searches were being conducted the hiding militants fired indiscriminately, leaving an army jawan with serious injuries. The government forces fired in retaliation, killing an HM militant identified as Irfan Ahmed Bhat of Bandzoo Pulwama, while his “associate” Shahid Manzoor Mir sustained injuries to which he later succumbed.
The police report further states that the investigation of the case is still going on.
On the other hand, the report of Tehsildar Shopian states that on November 3, 2018, during an encounter one militant namely Irfan Ahmed Bhat was killed and one “civilian”, namely Shahid Manzoor Mir, also was killed. The report further states that the deceased civilian was a labourer by profession.
After going through the reports, SHRC member Dilshada Shaheen directed the SSP Shopian to file a detailed report in the matter.
Dilshada Shaheen passed the direction after it was submitted by petitioner Ahsan Untoo that the compliance reports submitted were contradictory.
The commission while providing opportunity for response by SSP Shopian directed him to file his detailed report by March 22.
The petitioner had claimed before SHRC that civilian Shahid Manzoor Mir was killed deliberately by government forces and dubbed as a militant later, despite the fact that he had no adverse case against him. The petitioner urged the SHRC to investigate the case and direct for compensation to the victim’s family.