Shopian civilian killings: Top human rights group terms SC’s staying FIR against Army officer as ‘irregular’

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), a well-known human rights group in Kashmir, has termed the Supreme Court order staying the police investigation against Major Aditya Kumar of 10 Garhwal Rifles as “irregular and against the established norms of criminal procedure” and “appears to favor the accused, at the cost of the victims”.



In a statement JKCCS said, first, the stay of investigation against the Major Aditya is irregular, and against the norms of criminal procedure and, second, today’s order is neither surprising nor a serious set back to the extent that the impunity  for the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir is rooted, while Jammu and Kashmir police rarely lodge FIRs against the armed forces, it is even rarer for them to carry out any proper investigation in filled charge sheet.



‘While today’s Supreme Court order appears to favor the accused, at the cost of the victims, it provides yet another opportunity to appreciate the reality of questions of human rights and justice in Jammu and Kashmir,’ JKCCS said.
The statement from JKCCS further reads that restraining the legal processes against the armed forces is only strengthening the belief that justice from Indian State and its institutions cannot be expected.
Earlier in the day, Supreme Court stayed the registered FIR against Major Aditya Kumar who was booked by the Jammu and Kashmir police in the firing incident in South Kashmir’s Shopian area, that claimed the lives of three youth.



The apex court issued a notice to the center and Jammu and Kashmir government in this regard, directing them that no coercive action be taken against the Major Aditya and sought a reply within two weeks from them.



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