Srinagar, July 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the SSP Awantipora, asking him to submit compliance report within 10 days in a petition seeking probe into the killing of a freedom activist, Mushtaq Ahmed Chopan.

The police had arrested Mushtaq Ahmed Chopan, a resident of Wagad village in Tral, from Watlab area of Sopore on January 10 along with ten other people. He was killed in a mysterious blast in Tral police station.

A petition filed by human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, before the Commission maintained that it was improbable that Mushtaq Chopan locked up inside a police station could have been escaping in a burka as claimed by the police. The petition said that he was killed in cold blood and held the SHO and SP of Awantipora responsible for the killing.

Muhammad Ahsan Untoo has prayed before the Commission that its investigating wing should probe the killing.

The Commission in its order observed that the case was adjourned five times because of non-cooperation of the SSP Awantipora.

The case has been listed on August 7, 2018.

Meanwhile, in response to another petition filed by Muhammad Ahsan Untoo against the excessive use of force by Indian police and troops on protesters, the Indian police informed the Human Rights Commission that it has drafted a Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) to deal with the demonstrators.

The SOP includes use of persuasion, mediation, negotiation and warning, use of water cannons, use of teargas and PAVA shells, use of lathi (baton) charge, use of rubber bullet, use of pump action pellet guns, and use of live ammunition.


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