After govt’s failure to submit report, SHRC orders own probe into poll day killings

9 Civilians Were Shot Dead And Scores Injured By Govt Forces On April 9, 2017

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 15 2017 1:21AM | Updated Date: Nov 15 2017 1:21AM
After govt’s failure to submit report, SHRC orders own probe into poll day killingsFile Photo

After state government’s failure to submit report into the killing of civilians on the day of by-polls in Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9 this year, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directs its investigation wing to conduct inquiry into the matter and submit report within three months.

On April 9 nine civilians were shot dead and scores injured by government forces on the day of the by poll to the Lok Sabha constituency spread across three districts – Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal.

After the killing of the civilians, a petition was filed before the SHRC by chairperson Centre for Peace and Protection of Human Rights, MM Shuja, seeking intervention of the commission regarding the civilian killings.

The petitioner states: “The chief secretary, chief electoral officer, divisional commissioner and IG Kashmir are under constitutional obligation to protect the lives of the civilians and put in place such fool proof mechanism which would not leave any room for any kind of violence and excessive use of force by police and security personnel resulting in civilian killings.”

The petitioner further states, “No mob control mechanism as mandated by law was put in place, no standard operating procedure were followed and the security forces unleashed reign of terror and fired pellets and bullets resulting in scores of deaths of unarmed civilians.”

The petitioner also urged the commission to order probe into the killings, preferably by the investigating agency attached with the commission. Also, FIRs be lodged against those found guilty of use of excessive force and non-adherence of standard operating procedures, compensation as well as employment be provided to the next of the kin of the killed civilians, and compensation should also be provided to the injured people.

After waiting for seven months for the response of the government, chairperson SHRC Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki on Tuesday said, “The commission has issued notice to divisional commissioner Kashmir, deputy commissioner Budgam and inspector general of police Kashmir. It appears that divisional commissioner has also issued a letter to IGP and DC Budgam, but the government has failed to submit the report.”

The chairperson further states, “Since authorities have failed to file report in this important matter, therefore the commission orders enquiry into the whole issue by SP SHRC within three months.”