Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) directed the central and state governments on Tuesday to file report on the killing of 17 people allegedly by Border Security Force (BSF) in the frontier district of Kupwara in 1990.
The directions were issued by the SHRC on a petition filed by International Forum for Justice (IFJ) and Human Rights Forum (HRF) alleging that personnel of 125 Batallion of BSF killed 17 civilians at Handwara without any provocation on January 25, 1990.
IFJ chairman Mohammad Ahsan Untoo and HRF secretary Abdul Rouf Khan in their joint petition to the commission alleged that an FIR number 1990/10 was lodged in police station Handwara.
However, till date, no investigation was conducted to bring the accused to book, they said.
The petitioners further said that the deceased were not associated with any militant or political group and their families were starving as they were the sole bread-earners of their families which have not received any compensation from the government.
Taking cognisance of the petition, SHRC member Rafiq Fida in his order stated that the case was prima facie a human rights violation.
He directed the respondents, including Union of India and state government through commissioner, secretary home, DGP, IGP Kashmir Range, SSP Kupwara and Commanding Officer of 125 batallion to file reports in the case by March 27.