Police have claimed that a 16-year-old youth Muhammad Umar Kumar from South Kashmir’s Shopian district was not killed by government forces but lost life in cross firing. Police submitted a detailed report before the State Human Rights Commission on Monday. The report was submitted in response to a petition filed by the Centre for Peace & Protection of Human Rights (CPPHR) through its Chairman, M M Shuja.
The petitioner had submitted that on 2nd May-2018, Government Forces laid a cordon and search operation of the village, Turkiwangan in Shopian district. There was an exchange of fire between forces and militants. In the retaliation, by Forces, more than 2 dozen people got injured by bullets and pellets and were shifted to different hospitals of district Shopian and seriously injured referred to Srinagar District for treatment. Though militants managed to escape from the firing spot youth namely Umer Kumar of Pinjoora was shot by forces on spot, though locals tried to save his life by shifting him to the hospital the doctor declared him brought dead.
“As per reports, he was fired on chest thus made it clear that forces have not followed SoP’s (Standard Operation Procedure) as usual, thus killing unarmed civilians,” claimed the petitioner.
In response to the petition, the police in its report before SHRC while describing the deceased Muhammad Umar Kumar son of Abdul Ahad Kumar as miscreant said that he was part of the mob who helped militants to escape from the spot and pelted stones of combined forces. The report added that youth was killed in the cross firing. The report said that miscreants hurled stones and petrol bombs on Army to help militants flee from the spot. (CNS)