Nawakadal Youth Killing Extrajudicial Execution: SHRC

2 May 2014
Greater Kashmir
Arif Shafi Wani

Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has taken a strong note of the killing of a youth, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, of Gratabal, Nawakadal by paramilitary CRPF, terming it an 'extrajudicial execution'. The Commission has sought factual report on the matter from the police, CRPF and district administration. Quoting a story titled 'Blood, Ballot, Boycott' published in Greater Kashmir Thursday, the Commission in its order Friday stated that Bashir was killed and four others, including a woman, injured after CRPF personnel opened fire on a group of youth in Nawakadal area of old Srinagar Wednesday evening. 'The news report manifests that the incident is prima facie extrajudicial execution and makes out a grave violation and abuse of human rights in which CRPF personnel resorted to indiscriminate firing upon the youth. It seems the law enforcing agencies have either no knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or are willfully bent upon throwing the SOPs to winds and follow their own whims and mood,' it states. The Commission said that even if the news report regarding the youth having resorted to stone-pelting upon the CRPF personnel is believed to be true, 'the security personnel, who belong to a disciplined force, should have maintained extra caution and dealt with the situation as per the SOP.' 'But the news reports as appeared in various newspapers depict that no Rule of Law was followed by the security personnel who went amok and resorted to indiscriminate firing upon the youth and answered their stones with bullets, flouting all rules and regulations of due procedure of law as a result of which Bashir Ahmad Bhat lost his life and four others got injured,' SHRC chairperson, Rafiq Fida, observed in his order. Fida said the Commission has been repeatedly recommending to the Government that the law enforcing agencies need to be trained and imparted with knowledge, education and awareness regarding the concepts and applications of human rights. 'Without awareness about the human rights these forces have been seen in a habit of taking law into their hands and get involved in violations of human rights. Therefore, taking suo-moto cognizance in the matter the news report of daily Greater Kashmir dated May 1 shall form part of this order, as a complaint,' it states. The Commission issued notices to DGP J&K, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, IGP Kashmir Zone, Srinagar, IG CRPF C-O 56 APO and Deputy Commissioner Srinagar asking them to submit factual report in the matter. 'Deputy Commissioner Srinagar is also directed to send a copy of the findings of the magisterial inquiry ordered to be conducted in the incident. Besides, father of the deceased is also directed to appear before the Commission on the next date of hearing on May 26 and file statement in the matter,' SHRC order said.