‘Petitioner was an innocent citizen and lost his both legs in cross firing’
Srinagar, May 03: The State Human Rights Commission today directed the state government to pay rupees 5 lakh compensation to a firing victim of Srinagar.
Aijaz Ahmad Sodagar son of Noor Mohammad Sodagar of Safa Kadal, Nalbandpora Srinagar had lost both his legs due to cross firing at Shamswari in 1994. Sodagar filed a petition last year before the SHRC for compensation.
The SHRC chairperson Justice Bilal Nazki after hearing the petition observed that the petitioner was an innocent citizen and has lost his both legs in cross firing in 1994 at Shamswari Srinagar and is totally dependent.
“He has been paid a merge amount of rupees 20000. The factum of the tragedy of the petitioner in admitted by the police. The petitioner was very young when the incident occurred and from the last more than two decades, the petitioner is not able to do any work. He is totally dependent and is not having any family support. He has mother and a young sister,” Justice Nazki said.
“Since there is no avenue for the petitioner to earn his livelihood and he is still young; he is a fit case for grant of compensation. The government is directed to pay rupees five lakhs in favor of the victim,” the chairperson said.
“The amount should be paid to him, within four weeks apart from this, director social welfare is directed to examine the possibilities of providing artificial limbs to the petitioner. If such availabilities is not available in Kashmir he can be send to centres like one and Jaipur at the cost of the government. Government is directed to file compliance report within two weeks,” the SHRC said. (KNS)