Youth killed in army firing laid to rest in Trehgam

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Kupwara, Jul 12: Amid shutdown and curfew, thousands of people participated in the last rites of Kupwara youth in Thregam area of the district.
Khalid Gaffar Malik (22), a shopkeeper was sitting at the shop front when the soldiers passing by fired live ammunition after they were pelted with stones by some youth in Trehgam Thursday amid a shutdown called by the Joint Resistance Leadership against civilian killings.
Reports said that amid shutdown and curfew thousands of people participated in the funeral procession of slain youth. The mourners chanted pro-freedom and anti India slogans. They waved green flags and denounce the killing of Khalid Gaffar whom they described as innocent. “Army soldiers went on rampage after a couple of youth pelted stones on them. They directly fired upon people and ransacked houses. The draconian AFSPA has encouraged them to the extent that they don’t hesitate to kill anyone who comes in their way,” said a youth to CNS who was part of funeral procession.
Eyewitnesses said that shortly after Khalid was laid to rest, agitated youth hit to roads and pelted stones on deployed forces. The Forces retaliated with tear-smoke shells. Many protesters were injured in the clashes.
An official said that curfew was imposed in Trehgam “as a precautionary measure” to maintain law and order. He said restrictions were imposed in other parts of the district.
Internet service had also been snapped in Kupwara district and various parts of north Kashmir. (CNS)
SHRC issues notice to govt
The State Human Rights Commission has sought reports from Deputy Commissioner and SSP Kupwara on a petition seeking directions to find “real facts” into the killing of Trehgam youth.
Khalid Gafar, 20, son of Abdul Gafar Malik, was killed while as another person suffered injuries after army opened fire upon protesters at Trehgam in Kupwara Wednesday evening.
Hearing the petition (SHRC/234/ Kup/2018 dated 12/07/2018) filed by Chairman, International Forum for Justice Human Rights JK Mohammad Ahsan Untoo, the State Human Rights Commission chairperson Justice (Rtd) Bilal Nazki issued a notice to SSP Kupwara and Deputy Commissioner Kupwara and asked them to submit the detailed compliance report before the commission by or before August 20.
Meanwhile, Untoo said that the Commission has also sought an explanation on procedures adopted with regard to SOP.
Condemning the killing of the youth in “direct” army firing Untoo said that the SOP is being violated that is why the killings are happening “mercilessly” on daily basis.
“The gross violation of SOP in Valley leads to the non-stop deaths,” he said.
“Are bullets the answer to stones,” Untoo asked. He said the Chief Secretary, DGP, Chief of the army staff of the State and DCs and SPs of the respective districts particularly in the Valley are “responsible” for the non-stop killings.
“The civilian killings and injuries are the outcome of irresponsible action by the security forces which is against the ethics and principles of human rights,” Untoo said. (GNS)

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