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Srinagar—State Human Rights Commission has admitted a petition seeking probe into the civilian killings during 2016 uprising and compensation to the victim families.

The Commission also issued a notice to Director General of Police asking him to furnish a detailed report in this regard.

The Commission’s response came after a petition was filed by Centre for Peace and Protection of Human Rights through its Chairman M.M.Shuja.

Activist had petitioned SHRC for a probe by its investigation wing into the use of “excessive force” and alleged go-by to standard operating procedure (SoP) by the armed forces during unrest following the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.

Director General of Police has been asked by the SHRC to file a response by or before next date of hearing on October24, Shuja told Kashmir Observer.

“The state appears to have acted with mala fide and has deliberately and wittingly abdicated its constitutional responsibility to protect the lives of unarmed civilians,” Shuja has said in the plea.

He has also accused the state of abdicating SOP while controlling the “mob”.

“The armed forces of the state were 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,” he says.

Referring to a reply to RTI by Directorate Health Services Kashmir, he said, out of the 9042 people injured due to pellets and bullets during the unrest, 782 have eye injuries, many whom have lost their vision completely while scores others have been rendered disabled permanently or partially.

Shuja also seeks direction to the state to conduct a physical verification of all the injured during 2016 unrest forthwith and submit a complete list to the Commission.

He also seeks direction from the SHRC for the grant of adequate compensation to all the injured persons of the unrest.

The state failed to institute a proper probe and to grant adequate compensation to the injured victims besides adopting of a rehabilitation policy for permanently and partially disabled persons,” he said.

During 2016 unrest, he said, more than 75 civilian were killed in Kashmir Valley due to bullets and pellets by the armed forces.

“The state is believed to have granted compensation to the all the next of kin (NoK) of the dead civilians. While granting compensation, the government has virtually conceded the excesses of the state forces resulting in the death of such civilians. The state by no standard can ignore or isolate the injured people who too are the victims in the same incidents,” he said, underling that “refusal” to grant compensation and rehabilitate injured victims was a gross violation of human rights under national and international law.

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