Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has called for a report from Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar about alleged thrashing of a lawyer by army on February 18.
The Commission called for the report after a petition was moved by aggrieved lawyer, Shafkat Nazir, a practicing advocate at J&K High Court, Srinagar Wing.
Nazir is also a social and environmental activist.
The petition states that on Feb 18, at around 9:15 am while coming from Rawalpora to High Court in his vehicle, the complainant was signalled to stop by army personnel guarding the convoy movement at Hyderpora, near Gung Bugh link road, which the complainant did and parked his vehicle on the side along with similarly parked civilian vehicles on the highway to make way for the convoy. The complainant had also put on the parking indicator of his vehicle.
“During the course of stoppage two army personnel violently opened the driver side door of the vehicle of the complainant and without any provocation, argumentation or any other conversation or reason pounced upon the complainant while punching, slapping and smacking with lathies which resulted in injuries to the complainant,” the petition states.
The petition states that the advocate sticker was conspicuously visible on the rear window of the vehicle and the complainant also disclosed his identity.
“The complainant was also accompanied by his ailing mother who had to be dropped at doctor’s clinic for medical consultation. With this episode the mother of the complainant cried and became semi unconscious,” the petition states.
The petitioner submitted that it is a common belief that regular army is a disciplined force and even in extremely difficult circumstances they are expected not to flout the norms and prescribed Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs).
“However, in case of the complainant there was no provocative or compelling circumstances for the army on spot to humiliate, thrash or beat the complainant,” the petition rues.
He said that the whole episode may have been recorded in CCTV camera which might be installed in the vicinity.
Calling for investigation into the incident, the petition avers that to avoid recurrence of such incidents “respondents may kindly be commanded to associate J&K Police personnel with every Road Opening/ Patrolling Party deployed for the movement of army and other security forces’ convoys in the valley to ensure protection of civilians.”
He also sought compensation in view of the violation of the rights.
The petition has been moved against the state through Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, J&K and Sub Area Commander, BB Cantt and Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar.