SHRC castigates police over detention of parents


Srinagar, Dec 3: The Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has castigated the police for arresting parents of youth wanted in cases of stone pelting as substitutes and termed it as human rights violation.
 Taking cognizance of media reports regarding arrest of parents of some youth in old City, the SHRC member Javaid Kawoos took suo-moto cognizance of the case.
 “The perusal of news item shows that Nowhatta police allegedly by proxy arrested old aged fathers of four youth who were perhaps required in involvement of disturbing law and order in the downtown areas. Nobody disputes or questions the duty, authority and powers of the police to maintain law and order and restore peace and tranquillity in the area when it is disturbed by some anti-social elements but at the same time arresting old aged infirm fathers of the youth as substitutes and then allegedly treating them in most inhuman way makes out a clear case of human rights violations,” the SHRC member Javaid Kawoos observed in the order. 
 “Therefore, taking suo-moto cognizance regarding these violations direct the registry to register the same as a complaint. Reports be sought from police chief of the state and the SSP Srinagar. Further SDPO Nowhatta be summoned to appear before the commission for recording his statement regarding the incident. He be summoned through SP SHRC,” the order states.
 “Administrative officer of the Commission will also call Sheikh Ghulam Qadir, Fayaz Ahmad Zargar and Ghulam Muhammad Sofi, the fathers of the youth to appear before the Commission on the next date and file their respective true and correct statements of facts so that the commission is better equipped to dispose the matter,” the order states adding “The aforementioned persons be summoned by publication of the notice in some local newspapers which has vide circulation in the down town area.” The case is listed on December 13, 2012.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
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