IHK HRC indicts Indian forces for not adhering to SOP during 2008 uprising

Srinagar, June 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission has indicted the Indian troops and police personnel of Indian forces for not adhering to standard Operating Procedures (SOP) while dealing with the protesters during the Amarnath land row uprising in 2008.The HRC Member, Javaid Kawoos said in his order that during the incidents all the standard operating procedures (SOPs) were thrown to winds by the law enforcing agencies.

Disposing of a petition filed by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, he observed, “Not to say of adhering to any one of them for SOP, they have straight away resorted to firing or firing of tear smoke shells directly aimed at the vital parts of the victims leaving many dead or many more seriously injured.”

The Commission asked the authorities to constitute a high-level enquiry to identity the persons who by their omissions and commissions, express or tacit, lapsed and erred in their discharge of official functions.

It also recommended action as warranted under law against the officials who are found to have erred in their duties.

“After identifying the erring officers and their lapses, they be dealt with in accordance with the law because if they would have acted at proper time, we would not have witnessed the mayhem,” the commission said.

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