NHRC shots notice to Centre, JK Govt
Srinagar, May 12: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued show-cause notice to Centre and J&K Government over the killing of a youth in Boniyar area of Uri by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel in January this year.
Altaf Ahmad Sood, 22, was shot dead by CISF men when people were protesting against shortage of electricity in the area.
The Commission, which took cognizance of the killing on the complaint of Imtiyaz Ahmed Khan, President, Manavadhikar (Emergency Helpline Association) and Ravi Nitesh,has asked for a report from Director General CISF and Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla over the matter.
The killing had evoked strong demonstrations in Uri area prompting the state government to order an inquiry and register a case against CISF men.
Sood, according to locals, was not part of the protest demonstration against power shortage and was passing through the area when he was shot dead.
Later police charge-sheeted five CISF men before Judicial Magistrate Boniyar, who committed the same to Principal District and Sessions Judge Baramulla.
But the accused were not charged under section 302 RPC (murder). As per the charge-sheet, one of the personnel has been charged under section 304 RPC, the remaining four have been charged under section 308 RPC.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had termed the killing as murder.
“I have no doubts that Altaf was murdered,” the CM had said.
The CM had also accused CISF of using excessive force, which was “unwarranted and inexcusable.”
Omar had even said government will spare no effort in ensuring exemplary punishment to the CISF personnel responsible for the killing.
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