2008 SASB-Agitation in Bandipora:Police Says Army Killed 4,DC Says 6

Srinagar—Four persons were killed in “army action” in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district during 2008 agitation over transfer of state land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, Director General of Police informed State’s Human Rights Commission.

“Enquiries got conducted into the matter have revealed that during SASB agitation on 12-08-2008, four persons got killed in Army action at Paribal Aloosa (in Bandipora),” the top cop said in a reply to commission’s notice.

While thirteen other persons were also injured in the firing, the police had not registered the case (FIR: 170/08 in police station Bandipora) on charges of murder but under RPC sections of 307 (attempt to murder),148 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 188 (disobedience to order by public servant), 153A(carrying arms in procession),332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 427 (Dishonest or fraudulent removal or concealment of property) against the protesters.

While police says four persons were killed, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, in a report to SHRC said six persons were killed and identified those dead as Meraj-ud-Din Khan, Ali Mohammad Khanday, Mohammad Shafi Ganai, Mumtaz Ahmad Bhat, Shahid Ahmad Pahloo and Bashir Ahmad Behar.

Hearing a plea by father of Sajad Ahmad, whose leg had been amputated following injuries, member SHRC Jang Bahadur Singh Jamwal recommended that ex-gratia relief of Rs.75000 to be provided to him.

“Rest of the injured persons be also provided relief as envisaged in Government Order No. 723 — GR(GAD) of 1990 dated: 10-07-1990 as per the percentage of disability sustained by them.”

However, the SHRC member said in case of deceased persons it is admitted by the authorities that ex-gratia relief of Rs 1lakh each have already been granted to their each NOKs. “A lump sum cash compensation of Rs 5 lakh in lieu of appointment in the Government in respect of the beneficiary under SRO-43 of 1994 to the NOK’s, beneficiary of each affected (deceased) family with the deduction of ex -gratia relief to the tune of Rs.1 lakh already paid to them.”

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