2010 agitation killings: Families still await compensation

Sara, an octogenarian from Sopore, is among dozens of family members who lost their kin in security forces’ firing in 2010 agitation and were recommended for compensation. Years on, she is still awaiting promised compensation.

Sara who lost her son Bilal Ahmed in 2010 is left with four daughters and an ill husband.

She was among scores of other family members who came to press colony Srinagar on Sunday in a bid to draw attention towards their demand of compensation.

Family members from various districts expressed their resentment against the administration for not providing them compensation and job under SRO-43 as recommended by Koul Commission in its 2016 report.

“I have a bedridden husband at home and four daughters to feed, with no resource. Government promised us help after we went to court post 2010, we are still waiting what was promised to us,” said Sara amid sobs.

The kin of those killed in 2010 unrest said that after they took the legal path post killings of their kin, J&K government constituted Koul commission which recommended compensation and job to the next of the kin of those killed.

“There are many who lost their lone bread earners in 2010, it has been years since we have been following cases but to no avail,” said Naseema who lost her only son in security forces’ firing in 2010.

As per the M. L. Koul commission report that was submitted to J&K government in Dec 2016  many important recommendations were made in favour of next of kin of those killed in 2010 unrest. The recommendations included exgratia and job package for around 60 cases except for few from different districts across Kashmir.

 The families said that they will hit streets if government did not take any steps to fulfil their demands.

“We don’t understand why are we being treated differently, there was one case in Jammu where the family was given proper compensation and legal action was also taken against guilty, same is not true in our case,” said Abdul Gani from Budgam.