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No progress in probes ordered in 2016 Kashmir killings

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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Despite passing of two years only one case has been investigated after government had ordered probe in 2016 civilian killings.

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) had asked the government to submit a status report regarding the probes in 2016 civilian killings.

In its report submitted before the Commission the authorities had maintained 78 civilians were killed during 2016 protests, however there is no mention of whether investigations were conducted in these killings.

The authorities had also said 76 civilians will be compensated under SRO-43.

Of the 78 people killed during 2016 unrest, the report of the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir mentions: 21 were from Anantnag, 14 from Kulgam, nine from Shopian, 11 from Pulwama, six from Srinagar, four from Kupwara, seven from Budgam, five from Baramulla and one from Bandipora district.

However, no magisterial enquiry has been ordered into the killing of 34 civilians from four districts including Anantnag, Bandipora, Budgam and Baramulla, besides no status report in has been filed by the concerned district authorities administrators in the investigations in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam district.

Besides, an ambulance driver nearly escaped death after fired with full cartridge of pellets.

The government had ordered probe in all these cases. However, despite passing of two years only one case has been investigated. 

Apart from the case of Mangoo in which police held 23 army men responsible for his killing, the government has failed to investigate the cases of civilians killed by forces in 2016 unrest.

In the case of ATM guard, the police is yet to find a clue. Police had initially claimed that Riyaz had been stabbed, but autopsy confirmed multiple pellet injuries as cause of his death. Following the autopsy report, the family registered a case at Karan nagar police station where the case is still under investigation.

Similarly, in the case of teenager Akhoon there has been no headway into the investigation.

The government has also failed to investigate the case of Sofi, an ambulance driver who was fired with pellets near Eidgah.

CASES IN WHICH GOVT ORDERED PROBE

On August 2, 2016: an ATM guard, Riyaz Ahmad Shah was killed on his way back to home. His body was found at the gate of Srinagar’s Government Medical College

On August 17, 2016: a lecturer from Sharshali Khrew near Pampore, Shabir Ahmad Mangoo was beaten to death allegedly in army’s custody.

On October 7, 2016: a 13-year-old boy In Srinagar’s Eidgah was killed at the entrance of his house.