NHRC takes cognisance of The Hindu report
31 August 2006
New Delhi: Taking suo motu cognisance of the report on the killing of three civilians by the Army in Jammu and Kashmir that appeared in The Hindu dated August 13, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued directions that a copy of the newspaper report be sent to the Defence Secretary for his comments on the incident within two weeks. According to the report, two persons, Ghulam Mohammad Tantray (48) and Rubina (14), were killed when they went to the jungle to fetch firewood in Kupwara on August 12, when an Army unit, led by Captain S. Srivastava of 33 Rashtriya Rifles, opened fire on them. Following the incident, the villagers blocked the main road for several hours. The blockade was lifted only when district administration officials reached there and promised to take action against the guilty. Mistaken identity The Army said an ambush had been laid in the jungle following information about movement of militants. When they noticed two persons moving with what looked like a weapon, they challenged them. But the two started running away following which they were shot dead. The Army spokesperson called it a case of mistaken identity and regretted the killing and promised compensation to the victims' family. In another incident, another person was killed at Bugam village in the same district. A case was registered following protests.