Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) headed by advocate and Human Rights Activist, Parviz Imroz Friday castigated State Government for considering the name of Superintendent of Police (SP) Altaf Ahmad Khan for deputation to the United Nations peacekeeping forces.
In a statement to CNS, JKCCS has claimed that SP Altaf Ahmed Khan is involved in the custodial death of Sopore youth Nazim Rashid Shala. The Civil Society has further said that the said police officer is also responsible for human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir.
“IPTK/APDP report suggests that SP Altaf Ahmad Khan, and two of his associates, were responsible for the rape and torture of a female victim from Kupwara and the same office is responsible for the torture and custodial killing of Nazim Rashid Shalla. In both cases the State Human Rights Commission confirmed the crimes and role of SP Altaf Ahmad Khan,” the statement reads.
JKCCS has alleged that the Government against said officer initiated no action. “On contrary he was promoted and awarded DGP Commendation Medal for 2010, Gallantry award on 26 January 2012 and Presidents Police Award for Gallantry on 15 August 2012. Now, the Government seeks to further reward SP Altaf Ahmad Khan with a UN deputation,” it said adding that JKCCS has sent separate communications to Principal Secretary to Government, Home Department, Jammu and Kashmir, and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), New York, on this matter.
“DPKO was informed that SP Altaf Ahmad Khan must be subjected to legal procedures in Jammu and Kashmir. Further, he must also be considered a flight risk, and there is every possibility that he might use this opportunity to evade any legal procedures against him,” the statement reads.