SRINAGAR: Taking cognizance of a report by The Kashmir Times on Magam incident, the state human rights commission (SHRC) has registered a case in this connection for hearing and director general of police (DGP) has been asked to submit the factual report by or before December 26.
As a precautionary measure, tehsildar Magam has been also directed to record the statements of eyewitnesses and his report should reach the commission before December 31. According to acting chairman SHRC Habibullah Bhat, he has considered the report of the Kashmir times about the Magam incident regarding the killing of a 25 year youth, Zahoor Ahmad Mir in police firing.
Quoting the newspaper report he said,” The people started protest after they learnt that neither a degree college nor a tehsil headquarter was granted to their area by the state cabinet, which approved creation of 18 new colleges. The people come out on the roads and started protest against the government. The police party led by station house officer Magam, Haseeb Ahmad appeared on the spot and fired on the protesters killing Zahoor Ahmad Mir on the spot. As Zahoor felt on ground the police party fled from the spot and 11 civilians were injured in the firing.”
Bhat added that police, however, blamed the people for the whole mess. The commission quoting an eyewitness, Irshad Ahmad said that “policemen in civies tried to set ablaze the SRTC bus and not the protestors. A red bearded guard of SHO Haseeb fired and killed the youth”.
The commission statement has added that cops also entered into the house of Zahoor Ahmad Mir, and disrupted a condolence meeting there. The day began there with a bandh, since morning thousands of people reached Zahoor’s house to offer condolences to the bereaved family and expressed solidarity with them
The commission has added that, “Initially the police used tear gas shells and batons to disperse the mob, but as the agitators refused to disperse and resorted to heavy stone pelting injuring a member of policemen, the police fired a few shots in the air. The eye witness claimed that the police had fired directly at the protesters killing one person and injuring 8 others”.
The acting chairman stated that the commission should not shirk the statutory duty of the enquiry suo-moto in a human rights violation and that too of importance. ” This commission, therefore, can not underscore the importance of the media reports and it is our conscientious duty to enquire into the allegations of firing, entering into the residential houses, beating the people, injuring several others, opening fire upon the demonstrators and there by killing Zahoor Ahmad Mir allegedly by police party led by Haseeb Ahmad,”he said.
The commission has said that after examining the reports in light of the law related to human rights violations the commission has directed the director General of police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda to submit a factual report of the incident before December 26. As a precautionary measure Tehsildar Magam is directed to record the statements of eyewitness.-SANA