Families of 76 protesters killed last year to get compensation

Govt Order Says Disbursement Should Be Free Of Politics

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 17 2017 12:31AM | Updated Date: Dec 17 2017 12:31AM
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The kin of the 76 civilians killed by government forces during last year’s uprising will be provided with compensation, the state government has told the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).

Greater Kashmir had reported a few months ago that government will be providing compensation to the kin of only 76 civilian protesters killed last year during protests triggered by the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani, although the death toll is more than a 100.

“Sanction is hereby accorded to the payment of ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh purely as a humanitarian measure in favour of the families /next of kin of the 76 civilians killed in law and order disturbance in the Kashmir Valley from 8.7.2016 to 2.11.2016,” reads a government order.

The ex-gratia relief will be disbursed by the respective district election officers/deputy commissioners, the order reads, with certain riders.

“The disbursement shall be made without involvement of political functionaries; no new beneficiaries now should be identified and included in the list till the completion of election. No publicity of any nature by a political person to be made in the parliamentary constituencies going for polls. The disbursement shall be made after necessary verification and completion of all other codal formalities,” the order reads.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had told the Assembly this year that the kin of those killed last year will receive cash compensation and jobs but only “on extreme compassionate grounds”.