SHRC seeks report on civilian killed in Handwara gunfight

SHRC seeks report on civilian killed in Handwara gunfight
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SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission has sought a report on the killing of a civilian during a gunfight at Babagund Handwara in the last week of February.
The SHRC sought report on the killing of Waseem Ahmad from Commissioner Secretary Home, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Director General of Police, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara and Senior Superintendent of Police, Kupwara.
The Commission also directed the officials to file a report on the damages caused to nearly a dozen residential houses during the gunfight at Babagund which began on February 28 and lasted for more than 72 hours.
The SHRC notice came in response to a petition moved by activist Ahsan Untoo.
Chairperson Rtd. Justice Bilal Nazki directed the officers to file report by April 4.
The petition stated that on February 28, an encounter broke out between militants and government forces at Babagund, Handwara which continued for 72 hours. In the encounter besides a civilian several CRPF personnel and policemen were killed, while seven residential houses were fully damaged and three partially.
The petitioner pleaded that the killed civilian was a 10th class student and was “shot to death without any justification”.
The petition sought inquiry into his killing and pleaded for compensation to the tune of 50 lakh to the house owners.