‘If Troops Fired In Air, How Was A Civilian Killed’

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SRINAGAR — Chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, has questioned the police report stating if the army fired in air, how the youth, Yawar Ahmad Dar of Gasipora, Kulgam, sustained bullet in chest.

Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, who has filed a petition in the State Human Rights Commission against the killing of Yawar, said “that these were fairy tales to save the men in uniform. Expressing shock over the killing of Yawar, he urged the “international community to probe all the civilian killings.”

The Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Kulgam in their statements before the Commission had said that Yawar Ahmed Dar sustained a stray bullet injury after which he succumbed at the hospital on June 26, 2018.

The case was heard by the Commission member, Dilshad Shaheen. The next date of the hearing has been fixed on March 7, 2019.

The deputy commissioner and the senior superintendent of police (SSP) said in the report that  Yawar was part of the mob at the encounter site “who sustained a stray bullet injury after which he succumbed at the hospital on June 26, 2018.”

The report reads that on June 26, 2018, an encounter between militants and government forces broke at village Khrewan of Qaimoh in which “two militants were killed and one was captured alive.”

“On the same day, in the aftermath of encounter clashes broke out between civilians and government forces at various places. During clashes at Qaimoh, forces fired bullets to disperse the stone-throwers  in which a civilian Yawar Ahemd of Gasipora sustained bullet injuries in his chest and later succumbed,” the report of DC Kulgam reads.
The police report submitted by the SSP Kulgam reads that army party which was on way towards the encounter site at Chaddar, Mutahama was heavily pelted with stones “by unruly mob.” “The army party in defense opened fire in air, due to which one person namely Yaawar of Gasipora sustained injuries and the said mob took him to hospital for treatment at the district hospital Anantnag where he succumbed,” the police report reads. It states that FIR was filed in the case and many accused involved were identified including Yawar.

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