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Human shield victim gets Rs 10 lakh compensation

July 11, 2017 08:50 AM
Farooq Ahmand Dar Made Human Shield gets compensation

 Chanchal Manohar Singh

Chandigarh: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to pay ₹10 lakh as compensation to the civilian allegedly used as a human shield by the Army in central Kashmir earlier this year, according to a report carried in The Hindu.

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“The SHRC directs the government to pay the compensation amount within six weeks. The Chief Secretary is also directed to file a compliance report in the matter,” said SHRC chairman Justice Bilal Nazki.

The central government, however, has opposed any compensation to Dar, saying there should be no sympathy with stone-pelters. Farooq Ahmad Dar, a resident of Budgam, was allegedly tied to the front of a military vehicle.

According to report, Chairman of the International Forum for Justice and Human Rights Jammu and Kashmir (IFJHRJK) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo had filed a petition before the SHRC against Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi being awarded a commendation certificate.

However, the SHRC chairperson refused to give any direction to the Army in the case. “Since the commission is not able to go into the question as to whether the Indian Army was responsible for this act of gross human right violation, therefore, the commission clarifies that any observation made in this order should not be taken as expression of any opinion regarding the alleged involvement of the officers of the Indian Army,” said the SHRC.

The incident against the civilian had evoked sharp reaction in Kashmir Valley and from the civil society as the Army defended the officer. However, the Army officer faces an FIR in the local police station, the report stated.

 

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