Human Shield row: SHRC dismisses petition on awarding Major Gogoi

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By Fast Kashmir on 09/06/2017. 1 Comment

Human Shield row: SHRC dismisses petition on awarding Major Gogoi

‘Commission has no authority to interfere in decisions of central defense forces’


Srinagar, Jun 09: State Human Rights Commission Friday dismissed the petition on awarding the army Major who used a civilian as human shield during parliamentary by-polls in Budgam in April.
SHRC chairperson Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki while dismissing the petition said that the commission does not have the authority to interfere in decisions of central defense forces.
The petition was filed by chairman International Forum for Justice Muhammad Ahsan Untoo on behalf of Farooq Ahmad Dar, the civilian from Budgam village who was used as human shield by army Major, Leetul Gogoi, during parliamentary by-polls in April this year.
The chairman also kept his decision reserved on using of the civilian as a human shield.
In another petition related to the same case, the commission has issued a notice to Director Information and Public Relations of the state on labeling Dar a “stone pelter” by some Delhi-based TV news channels.
Major Gogoi was awarded a Commendation Certificate by Army chief Bipin Rawat which enraged families of Dar and the people in Kashmir. (KNS)

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