SHRC Dismisses Plea of Slain Tufail’s Father

JAMMU: Dismissing the plea seeking directions to the Government for supplying copy of inquiry report into the killing of a teenager allegedly after being hit by a teargas shell fired by police in 2010, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) directed the applicant to approach “appropriate authorities” since it was outside the jurisdiction of the commission.

Father of teenager, Tufail Mattoo, had moved an application before SHRC seeking direction to the Government to acquire a copy of inquiry report conducted by Justice (retd) ML Koul.

Tufail was allegedly hit by a teargas shell fired by police when he was on way to home from tuition on June 11, 2010 near Gani Memorial College in old Srinagar city, leading massive protests across the valley during which about 120 people, mostly youths were killed in security forces and police action.

Later, Justice Koul was appointed by then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to conduct inquiry into the deaths in the Valley.

However, SHRC dismissed the plea of Tufail’s father Muhammad Ashraf Mattoo and said the matter was “outside its jurisdiction”.

The applicant had filed an application with the SHRC seeking a copy of ‘Koul Commission’ which was appointed by the Government under the Commission of Inquiry Act 1962 to probe 2010 killings.

Justice Koul had submitted its report to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on December 30, 2016.

The petitioner wants a copy of the report formulated by this commission.

However, the SHRC said the request was outside the jurisdiction of the commission therefore the petitioner may approach appropriate authorities.

“The application is dismissed,” said the Chairman of SHRC, Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki in his order.

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