Term of committee probing killings during J&K unrest extended

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday extended by one month the term of the two-member judicial commission probing 17 civilian killings during the unrest in the Kashmir Valley in June and July.

Updated: Oct 29, 2010, 19:00 PM IST

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday extended by one month the term of the two-member judicial commission probing 17 civilian killings during the
unrest in the Kashmir Valley in June and July.

"The term of the judicial commission has been extended by one month and we are hopeful that it will submit its report by the end of November," State Law Secretary Ghulam Hassan Tantray told a news agency here.

The extension was granted after the commission, headed by Justice (retired) Bashirduddin Ahmad and also comprising Justice (retired) YP Nargotra, sought an extension to complete the probe as it had not received affidavits and police reports in all the 17 cases.

The Commission was appointed by the state government on July 27 following an All Party Meeting convened by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to probe the killings that took place between June 11 and July 19, the first five weeks of unrest in the Kashmir Valley. Its term expired on October 28.

The Commission had received affidavits from families of only 13 of the 17 persons killed and was keen to extend the date for receiving information from the remaining families and eyewitnesses.

It had issued a notification on August 31 seeking information on affidavits from the eyewitnesses within 15 days. However, the date for filing the affidavits was extended
by a month after no one turned up at the expiry of the first deadline.

The terms of reference of the Commission include to enquire into the circumstances leading to deaths by firing or otherwise into the 17 incidents, to fix responsibility
wherever excessive force was used resulting in fatalities, to suggest measures to avert the recurrence of such incidents in future and to recommend action to be taken against the persons or authorities found responsible in any such incident.

PTI