Killings near gunfight sites: SHRC seeks report from DGP, CS

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Thursdaysought a detailed compliance report from Police and civil administration regarding the civilian killing at gunfight sites in year 2017.
The commission while hearing the case bearing No SHRC/146/Sgr/2018 directed the Director General of Police (DGP) and Chief Secretary of the State to file a detailed compliance report till July 2, 2018 in connection with the civilian killings at gunfight sites in 2017.

The petitioner of the case and chairman of International Forum of Justice (IFJ) Ahsan Untoo while denying the government figures in a petition said, “The killings of civilians at gunfight sites in 2017 has been the highest ever recorded, as at least 19 civilians were shot dead by armed forces at different gunfight in the valley, including five women.”

The petition reads that in year 2017, as many as 450 persons including 124 armed forces, 217 militants, 108 civilians and a renegade were killed in the conflict.

The petition filed before the SHRC reads, “Among the 108 civilian killings, 20 were killed in cross-LOC shelling, 19 near gunfight sites by armed forces, 22 killed by unknown gunmen, 16 killed by suspected militants, nine during parliamentary by-polls by armed forces and four were killed in pellet firing including one injured last year who succumbed to wounds this year. Fourteen of the 108 civilians killed in 2017 were minors.”

The petitioner stated that last year the four districts of south Kashmir accounted for most of the civilian killings with Anantnag, and Shopian jointly recording 51 killings.
“The comparison between militant and armed forces killings in last four years reveals that while 560 militants have been killed in the given period, the armed forces have lost 364 personnel to militant violence. The ratio of militant-armed forces killings has been close to 2:1 for the last four years,” it reads.
The petition states that in 2017, 20 civilian women were killed in different instances of violence in Jammu Kashmir, including 8 women Amarnath pilgrims who were killed when suspected militants attacked the bus of yatris in Anantnag on July 10, 2017.
“Among the 20 killings of women, five women including a minor girl were killed near gunfight sites at various places in the Valley while four women died due to cross-LoC shelling. One woman was killed due to suffocation caused by intense teargas shelling by armed forces in Pulwama. One girl died due to injuries suffered from a grenade blast in Tral town in September, while another woman was killed by unidentified gunmen at her home in Seer village of Tral in Pulwama,” the petition reads.