SHRC grants Rs 35 lac to Poonch man who lost 7 of family

Srinagar

The Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission on Friday recommended a sum of Rs 35 lakh as compensation to a man who lost seven members of his family in an attack 18 years ago.

Roop Lal, a resident of Mendhar in Poonch district, had lodged a complaint with the J&K State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) alleging that seven members of his family were killed by unknown gunmen during an attack on his house on July 2, 1999, and he had received ex-gratia compensation of just Rs one lakh from the J&K government.

After carefully scrutiny of the material available on the record, the commission is satisfied that the complainant has made out a good case for grant of compensation to the tune of Rs 35 lakh, a statement of SHRC reads.

“The Chief Secretary of the state is directed to pay sum of Rs five lakh each to the complainant against the killing of seven members of his family,” SHRC order further said.

Jamwal said the delay on the part of the government to provide adequate compensation to Lal amounted to glaring “violation of human rights”.

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