SHRC seeks detailed report about thrashing of Pulwama man

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Tariq Ahmed Sheikh of Pulwama who alleged torture by government forces
Tariq Ahmed Sheikh of Pulwama who alleged torture by government forces

Srinagar: State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) member, Dilshada Shaheen today issued a notice to Government through Commissioner Secretary Home Department, Director General of Police and the Senior Superintendent of Police Pulwama asking them to file a detailed compliance report in connection with the severe torture inflicted on Tariq Ahmed Sheikh of Pulwama on December 04 by government forces.

The notices were issued to government, DGP and the SSP Pulwama in response to the petition filed by Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in case number SHRC/416/Pul/2018.

The petitioner said that the SHRC has asked the Government to submit report within a week’s time.

He said that the victim, Tariq Ahmed Sheikh of Othora, Pulwama was at his home and on the intervening night of December 03 and 04, Army men knocked his door after entering the residential house of the victim. “All the family members were detained and kept in one separate room and thereafter the victim was ruthlessly beaten by the forces with iron rod and tried to burn him alive by opening the knob of a gas pipe,” said the petitioner.

“The victims have suffered grave injuries due to the severe torture inflicted on him,” the petitioner further said.

The victim, according to the petitioner, was asked to admit that he was a militant and should take a gun in his hands. “The victim was threatened and asked that he will be killed and later labeled as a militant,” the petitioner said.

The petitioner has urged the SHRC to ask the government, DGP and the SSP Pulwama to lodge an FIR against the unit involved in the act and launch a thorough probe. (KNS)

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