SHRC Steps In, Lists Case for June 5


Srinagar: State Human Rights Commission has listed the ‘human shield’ case for final hearing on June 5 next month.

A petition had been filed by the Chairman International Forum for Justice, Muhammad Ahsan Unto at SHRC seeking action against Army officer Major Leetul Gogoi for lifting and tying a Kashmiri youth to the army vehicle in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

SHRC had directed Jammu Kashmir Police to submit a detailed report in this regard.

Director General of Police according has submitted a report before the State Human Rights Commission. The police in its reports stated: “it is submitted that the report received from SDPO Magam revealed that on April 13, 2017, Police Station Beerwah received and displayed on local national news channels depicting there in that on 9/4/2017 on polling day one individual namely Farooq Ahmed Dar of Chill Khansahab was tied with ropes to an army vehicle followed by a Casper under threat while keeping him under wrongful confinement and making him a human shield act.”

 “On receipt of this information a case bearing FIR number 38/2017 under section 342, 367, 506 RPC was registered in police station Beerwah and investigation taken up.”

 “During the course of investigation it surfaced that Farooq Ahmed Dar was lifted and tied to army vehicle while motorcycle of Dar has been seized as a piece of evidence at village Utligam.”

According to police: “Statements of witnesses namely, Hilal Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed, Bashir Ahmed, Ghulam Qadir, Abdul Qayoom, Abdul Rehman, Bashir Ahmed have been recorded under section 161 CrPc and Dar has been also questioned.

During investigation it came to surface that on 9/4/2017, during by-poll election day FarooqAhmed Dar along with Hilal Ahmed Magray proceeded to village Gampora for condolence and after spending sometime there left from village Gampora and reached Utligam Crossing where from he was lifted by Army during stone-pelting and was tied to bonnet of the army vehicle as human shield under threat kept him under wrong confinement and has been paraded and moved around within the area. Later on he was released.

During investigation, correspondence has been made with army for identification of involved army party/vehicles, the investigation of the case is in progress and will be concluded on its merits,” the police report reads.

Sources said that SHRC has listed the case for final hearing on June 5 next month.

Meanwhile, International Forum for Justice has filed another petition against two New Delhi based news channels for projecting the human shield victims Farooq Ahmed Dar as stone-pelter. The petitioner in his petition has claimed that nowhere in police record mentions that Farooq Ahmed Dar was pelting stones on the government forces.

Case Not Closed: IGP

Even after being awarded Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Commendation Card by Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat Jammu Kashmir Police Tuesday said that a formal case registered against Indian Army officer Major Leetul Gogoi will not be quashed.

Police in Jammu and Kashmir have filed an FIR against Gogoi for human rights violation.

Major Gogoi has been in news ever since he placed a Kashmiri youth, later identified as Farooq Ahmad Dar, on the bonnet of his jeep during recent protests in Kashmir on April 9. The video of the incident sparked a major debate, even some of the Indian intellectuals justified his action while majority of the Civil Society members and Human Rights Organization demanded tough action against the said Army officer.

Talking to reporters here in Valley, newly appointed Inspector General Police Kashmir Zone, Mr Munir Ahmed Khan ruled out possibility of quashing FIR against the accused Army officer.

Khan said that investigation will carry one and the FIR has not been quashed.

IGP Munir Ahmed Khan who visited several parts of North Kashmir disclosed that only 90 militants are active in northern parts of Kashmir and they will be tackled. He said the parents will have to come forward in managing the intermittent student tensions that spills over to the street.

In Sopore, Khan told a group of residents, invited for the interaction, that police alone many not be able to manage the situation, especially the intermittent students protests. He asked the people that parenting must play its role. “We cannot afford the young generation losing on education.” Khan was quoted saying. “Parents must counsel the boys and girls.” He said police have a very limited role when compared to the parents.



PDP Disapproves of Commendation

Srinagar: PDP Tuesday said that honoring the army major who has violated human rights by using a civilian as human shield “is not proper” and said that the State government wants the incident to be investigated.

“If the government forces violate human rights, action should be taken in such cases. State government’s stand is clear that the incident should be investigated. PDP’s stand is that such incidents are bad in public perception and should be probed. If he (Army Major) has been rewarded for this bravado, I don’t feel this is proper,” PDP General Secretary Nizamudin Bhat told reporters during a seminar on Kashmir at a hotel here.

Bhat spoke on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the O P Shah’s Centre for Peace and Progress at Grand Mumtaz hotel here.

The PDP leader said that Kashmir is not that easy which will be resolved through seminars or discussions. “There is no dearth of ideas on Kashmir. For resolution of Kashmir issue, there has to be political will between India and Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership should come to a consensus and a bottom-line which will ultimately show the way,” he said.

He said that the period between 2002 and 2005 is the glorious period in Kashmir history which had “shown way for solution”.

“There was peace, trade was going on, and borders were calm; there was bonhomie with Pakistan, there was notional integration, and roads were opened. Till those measures and initiatives are retrieved, I don’t think we can create an atmosphere to reach a solution.”

On the prevailing situation, he said that things are getting normal. “Protest is a right. No protests, if prolonged, can get us anything. It becomes violence, social evil and disturbs peace, destroys society.”

Senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz said that Army General has awarded the army Major for using a civilian as a human shield is a “very bad thing to happen”.

“Civil society in India is angry over it,” Soz said.

He said that there is writing is on the wall in Kashmir and Delhi is getting late, they will feel its repercussions.

“PM Modi must resolve the Kashmir issue by dialogue, else he will get late. Hurriyat is available for dialogue,” he said.

On the prevailing situation, Soz said that “It is a revolt. Students and youth are protesting. Kashmir will not relent by military solution.”

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