Srinagar, May 16, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has granted four weeks more time to the authorities to file status report about the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to probe the killings of 2010 uprising.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice M H Attar while hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front directed the authorities to file status report in terms of order about the CoI in June last year.
As per the June order, the authorities were required to inform the court how the Commission was going into only 17 cases and why other cases were left out from its purview if puppet regime decides to revive it. About 120 persons, mostly youth, were killed in firing and shelling by Indian troops and police during the 2010 mass uprising.
Subsequent to the order, the Director General of Police had filed a compliance report, saying that the CoI stands expired and no useful purpose would be served by constituting it de novo. The DGP had also submitted that the authorities had earlier ordered a Commission of Inquiry on June 26, 2010, and subsequently a new commission was constituted to probe the matter.
He had also submitted that as many as 78 cases were registered in the Kashmir Valley regarding 117 deaths – as mentioned by the petitioner in the PIL – that took place during the summer unrest of 2010.
“Investigation in respect of 76 cases has already been finalized and the charge sheets/final reports have been submitted before the Courts of Competent Jurisdiction,” states the report.
In the petition, the petitioner has prayed that DGP be directed to report to the court the position as reflected in the police records in respect to 117 deaths between January to December 2010 including the death of three boys in a fake encounter by Indian Army in Machil sector.
The PIL further pleads that out of 117 persons killed in the firing of troops and police, FIRs have been lodged in only 37 cases and charge sheet produced in only seven cases.
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