13 magisterial probes ordered during 2009-10: Omar
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 19:14
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government today said it had ordered magisterial inquiries into 13 cases of alleged violation of human rights in the state in the past 20 months and taken action as per law in most cases.

Thirteen magisterial inquiries were ordered during 2009-10 to investigate alleged human rights violations leading to the killing of 19 people, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in a written reply in the state assembly.

Omar, who also holds the Home portfolio, said the inquiries were in progress in four cases while action had been taken in the remaining as required under law.

He said a total of 98 civilians were killed during the unrest in the Valley between June 11 and October four.

Omar said Kashmir had witnessed a cycle of violence since April instigated by separatists over alleged human rights violations.

Responding to questions of several PDP members about government's intention to hold a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court into civilian killings, he said a Commission of Inquiry had already been ordered into 17 cases of civilian casualties during law and order disturbances from June 11 to July 29.

The Anantnag District Magistrate had also ordered an inquiry into the firing incident at Anchidora in the south Kashmir town on July 29, he said adding the government had accepted the magisterial inquiry report and the follow up action on the basis of the report had been initiated.

The Chief Minister said 19 FIRs had been registered at various police stations against security forces where allegations of unprovoked firing or use of excessive forces were made.


First Published: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 19:14

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