Police have told the State Human Rights Commission that Andleeb, the 16-year old girl who was killed in firing by government forces in July was part of an "unruly mob".
The teenage girl was killed along with two other civilians at Redwani of southern Kashmir's Kulgam district when soldiers fired at protestors in the area on July 7.
Rights activist Mohammad Ahsan Untoo approached the SHRC on the same day, asking to establish what led to the killing of Andleeb.
In the response to Untoo's petition — SHRC /227Klgm/2018 — filed by the office of the Director General of Police, the SHRC was informed that the girl was part of an "unruly mob" and was killed when soldiers fired in self-defense.
The police response states that on July 7, 2018, police station Hawoora received a reliable information that a patrolling party of Army at RedwaniPayeen was pelted with stones by an unruly mob who were carrying lathis and their intention as to kill the soldiers.
The police reply to the petition also reads that in defense, the army party opened fire in which some persons namely Zair Ahmed Lone son of Abdul Majeed Lone R/o Hawoora, Imtiyaz Ahmed Dar alias Yasir and two girls Andleeb Jan daughter of Ali Muhammad Allie and Kawsar Jan daughter of Muhammad Shafi Allie sustained injuries and they were taken to the hospital for treatment where Irshad Ahmed Lone, Shakir Ahmed Khanday and a girl Andleeb Jan succumbed to their injuries.
In another response filed by the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kulgam, it is mentioned that during the course of investigations it was found that the deceased persons were part of the unruly mob at the time of the incident.
The reply further reads, if the police had taken the body of deceased in its possession, there were apprehensions that the situation may further deteriorate.
Taking cognisance of the complaint filed by Untoo, the SHRC had issued notices to Chief Secretary, DGP, SSPKulgam asking them to file a compliance report.
The petitioner dismissed the police claims as far from the truth, saying Andleeb wasn't part of the mob and had stepped out of her house to look for her brother.
"It has been the habit of police to hide its fault to cook stories. The slain girl wasn't the part of the crowd and ventured out of her house only look for her brother, something that has been endorsed by her neighbours," Untoo, the petitioner said, adding Andleeb and two other youth were targeted by soldiers with an intention to kill.
"I demand fresh investigations into the case. The probe must be conducted by a sitting high court judge.