NHRC Awaits Govt’s Response To Notice On Kashmir Unrest

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New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission Friday said it is still awaiting the response of the Jammu and Kashmir government to the notice issued to it in July on the basis of media reports over the unrest in the Valley.

NHRC had on July 19 issued notices to the Union Home Ministry and the Jammu and Kashmir government, seeking reports within two weeks on casualties in connection with the ongoing violence in the state.

"We had taken cognisance of media reports, and the notice sent to the state is completely based out of reports in print and electronic media. We are awaiting the response of the state government," NHRC chairperson justice H L Dattu told reporters on Friday.

"It has been observed that it is closely watching the incidents of violence in the aftermath of the killing of alleged militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with the security forces on July 8, 2016," NHRC had said in its notice.

"Expressing its utmost concern over the developments, the Commission has issued notices to the Union Home Secretary and the Chief Secretary and government of Jammu and Kashmir calling for reports in the matter. The Commission has given two weeks to respond," it said.

When asked whether the issue of use of pellet guns figure in its deliberations on the issue, he said, "Our assessment is only the media reports as of now."

On the Kairana migration issue, Duttu said, the Commission "has received the response of the Uttar Pradesh government, and the report would be placed before the full commission, which would discuss, deliberate and take the final decision in it.

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