SHRC seeks detailed report from SSP, DC Kulgam into death of 14-year-old Muskaan Jan

Srinagar

State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) chairman Justice (Rtd) Bilal Nazki on Monday issued a notice to superintendent of police and deputy commissioner of Kulgam asking them to submit a detailed compliance report before the commission regarding the grave injury caused to class 9 student Muskaan Jan who was injured on November 25 during an encounter at Khudwani and later died in Srinagar hospital. The SSP and DC Kulgam are supposed to file the report by November 29thbefore the Commission.

People carrying the body of a slain girl Muskaan Jan in Kulgam during her funeral prayers. KL Image by Shah Hilal

The notices to the SSP and DC Kulgam were issued in response to the joint petition filed by chairman international forum for justice and human rights (IFJHR) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo and a female human rights activist Zeenat Mushtaq.

The petitioners have urged the commission to take cognizance of the matter and direct the respondents to furnish a detailed report as to how 14-year-old Muskan Jan got injured and to order an inquiry to the incident. They have also urged the commission to impress upon the government to sanction adequate relief in favour of the family members of slain Muskan.

Muskan Jan, 14, was injured when she was hit by a bullet in Wanigund, Khudwani in Kulgam after militants and forces exchanged fire on November 25. According to the petitioners, the girl was shifted to the district hospital where from she was referred to SMHS where she succumbed to injuries.

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