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Rights commission indicted Army: Kashmir MLA

Shujaat Bukhari

SRINAGAR: Independent MLA from Langate in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir Abdur Rashid Sheikh has urged Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to take a serious note of the “shocking” judgments of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), indicting the security forces for killing “innocent people.” This includes the “Machil fake encounter,” which kick-started the six month-long unrest in Kashmir last year.

At a news conference here, Mr. Rashid said these judgments must serve as an eye-opener for New Delhi as also the world community. “I had filed 35 applications with the SHRC along with the next of kin of the families of the slain people. The Commission announced its verdict in 12 cases,” he said. “What is shocking is that the SHRC has indicted security agencies, including the Army, the BSF and the government gunmen for killing innocent men.”

The MLA said the SHRC was a constitutional body set up under a law passed by the Assembly and its judgments should be implemented in letter and in spirit to instil confidence among the people vis a vis the system.

He read out the judgment on the Machil encounter: “Three people killed on 30 April, 2010, in the Army firing were neither terrorists nor had they infiltrated into our side via Sona Pindi post of LoC as was reported by the Army. All the three were actually residents of Nadhihal village, who were taken to Kupwara by some locals to the Army camp of Sona Pindi and killed in a fake encounter.

“Intention behind all this drama was to gain rewards and undue promotion by projecting that a heroic operation had been conducted by the forces. In fact, three innocent persons, as innocent as lambs, were killed in cold blood in a fake encounter.”

The SHRC recommended an ex-gratia relief of Rs. 1 lakh to the next of kin of each person killed in the encounter.

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