Srinagar, April 03, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission of occupied Kashmir has confirmed that a teenager of Sopore was killed in a fake encounter in 1997 in Handwara by the Indian troops labelling as a militant.
The Commission asked the Director General of Police (DGP) to order reopening and reinvestigation of the case and recommended action against then SHO Handwara for negligent approach in probing the case. It also recommended monetary relief to the deceased’s family.
The family of an eight-class student, Showkat Ahmad Najar of Sir Syed Adab Sopore in its complaint to the Commission had stated that he was kidnapped by some unidentified gunmen on May 23, 1997 and later his body was handed over by police after a month.
The Commission had sought a factual report from DGP. In his report the DGP had stated that on June 23, 1997 an encounter took place between militants and PERSONNEL OF 21 RR at Nagranar Handwara in which one person was killed who was identified as Showkat Ahmad Najar.
The family had rebutted the police statement and filed a rejoinder on July 20 last year. The Commission directed the police get the matter investigated by a neutral body.
“In view of the facts and circumstances it has surfaced that no encounter has taken place but the boy might have been lifted by Army from Sopore area and killed in Handwara in a fake encounter. It is worthwhile to mention here that after the episode the police has not taken any cognizance in the case, no FIR has been lodged,” the Commission’s report said. “Police have completed only one formality…taken the body from Army and handed it over to his father,” the report adds.
“An 18 year old young boy lost his life in a fake encounter and till date nobody has either been booked or punished for the offence,” the Commission member, Javaid Kawoos observed during hearing of the case.
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