Humane touch missing in Valley: Supreme Court on Kashmir unrest
With unending wave of protests in Kashmir for over a month now, the Supreme court of India has expressed concern over the situation in the valley observing that there is lack of humane approach to resolve the crisis.
A bench of Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy made the observation today while hearing a plea of the state seeking stay of contempt proceedings initiated by a local court against Srinagar's Senior SP for not lodging an FIR against the cops, including the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) allegedly involved in the killing of Shabir Ahmad Mir.
The court said, "There must be a humane approach towards the problem and it is now missing. People should be treated with love and affection but it is lacking at present and it must be ensured by the government."
The Supreme Court's remark comes a day after PM Modi's reached out to the people of Kashmir asserting the Centre's commitment to "insaniyat (humanity), jamhuriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat",
Since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on 8 July, the relentless clashes that have broken out between protesters and security forces have left 55 dead, and several others injured.
In his application, Abdul Rehman Mir, the father of the deceased, has alleged that Qadri, along with other police personnel, entered his house at Tengpora, Batamaloo at 6:45 PM on July 10.
"I, along with the family members, were watching TV and the police party, headed by Qadri, forcibly entered my house and started smashing windows and doors."
"My wife tried to stop the police officer. But infuriated by this, he assaulted us and hurled invectives at my wife. My son Shabir Ahmad Mir could not bear the beating of his parents and tried to rescue his mother from the clutches of the said police official and other police personnel."
"At this, the said police official flew into a rage and started beating my son. Thereafter, he fired two shots at my son with his pistol from point-blank range. He died on the spot," Mir had alleged in his application.
The Srinagar court had directed the IGP (Kashmir) to lodge an FIR against the DSP and others for their alleged role in the killing of Mir.
Later, contempt proceedings were initiated by the CJM on account of non-filing of the FIR against the police officers in connection with the incident.
The court referred the matter to the HC to initiate contempt proceedings, prompting the state government to rush to the Supreme Court.