Killing of 9 civilians on poll day: Report in IOK HRC not filed » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, February 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have failed to submit report to the Human Rights Commission of the territory into the killings of civilians by Indian forces’ personnel in Budgam and Ganderbal areas on April 9, 2017, during the polling for the so-called Indian Parliamentary elections.

Nine civilians were shot dead and scores others injured in the firing of Indian forces on anti-India protests on the day of the by-polls.

The commission has been asking the authorities to respond to the killings of civilians, but 11 months have passed and the authorities are yet to file a report before human rights body.

After the killing of the civilians, a petition was filed before the commission by Chairperson of Centre for Peace and Protection of Human Rights, M M Shuja, seeking intervention into the killings.

The petitioner in his petition states, the Chief Secretary, Chief Electoral Officer, Divisional Commissioner and IGP of Kashmir are under constitutional obligation to protect the lives of the civilians and put in place such foolproof mechanism which would not leave any room for any kind of violence and excessive use of force by police and paramilitary personnel resulting in civilian killings.

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

The petitioner also asked the commission to order probe into the killing, 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 to 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.

The commission has again asked the authorities to submit the report in the case in six weeks time.

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