‘All incidents of violence probed by the investigating agency’
Srinagar, Aug 29: A human rights body has filed a petition before the State Human Rights Commission for directing the state government to probe and grant adequate compensation to the injured victims of 2016 agitation.
The petition filed by the Centre for Peace and Protection of Human Rights through its Chairman M.M. Shuja also seeks the state government to adopt a rehabilitation policy for permanently and partially disabled persons.
“The respondent state by no standard can ignore or isolate the injured people who too are the victims in the same incidents. The respondent state appears to have acted with malafide and has deliberately and wittingly abdicated its constitutional responsibility to protect the lives of unarmed civilians, to adopt standard operational procedures (SoP’s) while controlling the mob,” the petitioner says in the petition.
The petitioner, who has made Principal Secretary Home department and Divisional Commissioner as State party, has sought to institute a proper probe and to grant adequate compensation to the injured victims besides to adopt a rehabilitation policy for permanently and partially disabled persons
“…refusal to grant compensation and rehabilitation to the injured victims is a gross violation of Human Rights by national and international law,” he says.
The petition states that the respondent state be directed to conduct a physical verification of all 9042 injured victims of 2016 unrest forthwith and submit a complete list to this Hon’ble Court.
“The Hon’ble Commission may kindly be pleased to get the all incidents of violence probed by the investigating agency of this Hon’ble Commission vis-à-vis use of excessive force and non compliance of standard operation procedures (SoP’s) by the armed forces during the unrest of 2016,” it states.
The petition mentions that while “controlling the mob the armed forces of the respondent state was legally bound to seek necessary orders from the sectorial magistrate about the Quantum of use of force and to use such force rationally so as to avoid any permanent disability had such procedures been adopted, the pellets and bullets would not have struck on the eyes and upper parts of the bodies of victims.”
“Since the respondent state has miserably failed to adhere to the provision of the law on the subject and on the other hand the respondent state has excluded the injured victims from the grant of compensation and rehabilitation,” it states. (KNS)