New Delhi, Feb 9: After taking cognisance of a complaint by three children of army officers against the incident of stone pelting in Shopian on January 27, The National Human Rights Commission has written to the Union Defence Secretary, seeking for a “factual report” from the Union Ministry of Defence to know the contemporary situation and measures taken by the Central Government.
“NHRC has taken cognizance of a complaint requesting its intervention for an appropriate inquiry in the recent incident of stone pelting and assault by an unruly and disruptive mob on the Army personnel in the Shopian district of Jammu & Kashmir on the 27th January 2018. Raising the issue of the safety of soldiers and officers of the Indian Army, deployed in encounter insurgency areas in Jammu & Kashmir and other states, the complaint sought to draw the attention of the Commission to the innumerable and frequent instances of violation of human rights of the army personnel, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir,” the Indian Express quoted citing NHRC statement.
As per the Jammu and Kashmir Police, two protesters were killed in alleged firing by the Army, while a third protester succumbed to injuries later after the incident.
The father of an Army officer, who was booked in connection with the killing of civilians, has also approached the Supreme Court, demanding that the FIR be quashed because it will hurt the Army’s morale in countering terrorism.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra fixed February 12 for the hearing, after petitioner’s lawyer Aishwarya Bhati sought urgent hearing of the case.
The complaint has been filed by the three children of Indian Army officials, maintaining that they are disturbed with the recent incidents of stone pelting and assaults by unruly and disruptive mob on security personnel.
“They alleged, quoting news reports, that the attack on an army convoy in Shopian district was completely unprovoked an unwarranted; still an FIR was registered against the army personnel. They quoted, date wise, a series of incidents wherein, allegedly, the army faced hostilities from the very people, it was deployed to protect. Not only that, even FIRs were registered against the army”, the human rights commission said on Friday.
The commission further added ” It is pointed out in the complaint that the administration, which is being assisted by the Indian Army, has failed to safeguard the human rights of the members of the Armed Forces. They cited instances of various countries, wherein severe punishment is meted out to those involved in stone pelting on Armed Forces. They have also stated that it is revealed that the FIRs, registered against the stone pelters and perpetrators of violence, had been withdrawn upon the directions of the Government of J&K and that it will definitely lower down the morale of the troops”.