Srinagar, November 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission has asked the Director General of Police to submit report about the killing of 22 civilians in Bandipora in 1991.

In 2013 human rights activist and the Chairman of the International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, had filed a petition with the commission to investigate the killings and compensate their families.

Untoo in his petition maintained that the troops cordoned the villages in Bandipora from September 12 to September 19, 1991 and during the cordon over 22 civilians were killed and women molested.

Four years after the petition, the Deputy Commissioner of Bandipora submitted a report before the commission stating that the civilians were killed but at the same time says, “During the course of investigation it has not been ascertained whether the deceased persons were affiliated with illegal outfits or otherwise. Finally case was closed as untraced.”

Meanwhile, the commission has sought personal appearance of the Secretary for Home Department of the territory in a complaint related to the killing of 76-year-old Ghulam Muhammad Khan, who was hit by a teargas shell at Elahi Bagh resulting in his death last year.

Hearing the complaint, the Chairperson of the commission, Bilal Nazki directed the Home Secretary to be present before the rights body along with the detailed report on December 27.

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