The Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission has directed the state police to register a case against the army for allegedly killing a civilian in a fake encounter.
SHRC Chairman Justice (retd) MY Kawoos, while directing the police to register a case against the concerned army unit, also recommended the state government to pay an interim compensation of Rs two lakh to Nazira Akhter, who has filed complaint before the commission that her husband was allegedly killed by army in custody.
Akhter, in her complaint to the commission, said her husband Abdul Hamid Ganai, a daily wager in Public Health Engineering department, was killed by troops at Panzath village in Qazigund area of Anantnag district on August 2, 1994.
She claimed the police refused to register an FIR against the army when she approached the concerned police station.
Justice Kawoos observed that all the witnesses have corroborated statement of the complainant and categorically deposed that army had killed Ganai in custody.
This is the unfortunate part of it that when local police receives the FIR from army, they feel handicapped to investigate the case because of threat of army or other considerations best known to them, he said.
Justice Kawoos asked the Director General of Police to direct his concern subordinate staff to investigate and register cases against the security forces whenever a complaint is received against them.