JKCCS criticises govt for decorating tainted cops
SRINAGAR, Aug 15: Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) today said alleged police officers responsible for human rights violations were being awarded despite the crimes they have perpetrated and the officers, who have shown exemplary service towards people of have either been dumped or reprimanded.
The JKCCS said described awards to some of the Jammu and Kashmir Police officers an act of celebrating tyranny and victimization.
JKCCS accused superintendent of police, who is one of the officers’ awarded with the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry, “for perpetrating human rights violations in the areas where he has served”. The civil society alleged atrocities and worst crime against a girl by the officer.
“The girl approached the State Human Rights Commission and on November 19, 2008 the final decision was issued where it was stated that the victim had been subject to “the worst type of human rights violations at the hands of two lady constables and the officer ”.
“The SHRC recommended appropriate relief and an enquiry by a senior administrative/police officer. Despite the SHRC recommendation for an inquiry, it appears no investigations have taken place. Further, the officer was promoted as the Superintendent of Police and has multiple accusations of human rights violations ,” the statement added.
“On 31st July 2011 Nazim Rashid Shalla died in police custody in Sopore, due to torture, after being picked up by a joint group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the army. In the extra-judicial execution of Nazim Rashid Shalla, Altaf Ahmad Khan was implicated and transferred from Sopore. During the pendency of the enquiry in the same case Altaf Ahmad Khan on January 26, 2012 received Gallantry Award from the army and now today he received a President’s Police Medal for Gallantry,” the statement said.
Pertinently in 2008, it was reported in the media that Supreme Court Justices Aftab Alam and G.S. Singhvi made observations in court in relation to the practice of fake encounters for rewards in Jammu and Kashmir.
“In the past two decades several armed forces personnel and Jammu and Kashmir Police officers notoriously known for human rights violations have received gallantry awards, which suggest the institutional endorsement of the crimes perpetrated by these men in uniform. This policy of awards and the perpetual impunity in Jammu and Kashmir shows the complete disregard of the Indian state towards the human, civil, political and democratic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement said.
“On the other hand Police officers who have shown exemplary service towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir have either been dumped or reprimanded. The police officer who conducted the investigation on unmarked graves and mass graves in North Kashmir on the orders of SHRC has not been encouraged. The Assistant Superintendent of Police, Bandipora after carrying out investigation regarding the recent fake encounter killing carried out by Army, was demoted and humiliated, which has sent a message to other officers that performing their duty diligently is undesirable for the government,” the statement added.