Targeted killings of minorities in J&K: NHRC directs administration to take action

New Delhi:

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday directed the Jammu and Kashmir administration to take appropriate action on a complaint moved by a Supreme Court lawyer seeking direction to provide compensation/damages to the families of four civilians belonging to the minority Hindu/Sikh communities, who were brutally killed in targeted killings in Kashmir last year.

The NHRC also directed the authorities to provide adequate police protection to minority Hindu/Sikh communities in the Union Territory. 

The authority concerned is directed to take appropriate action within eight weeks associating the complainant/victim and to inform him/her of the action taken in the matter.

Complainant Alakh Alok Srivastava, Advocate-on-Record at Supreme Court in compliant with the NHRC sought the indulgence of the commission towards the “target killing and heart-wrenching plight of the minorities.” It stated that four innocent civilians belonging to the minority Hindu/Sikh communities were brutally killed in targeted killings in Kashmir.

He has mentioned incidents of the killing of Makhan Lal Bindroo and Virendar Paswan on October 5, 2021, and Satinder Kaur and Deepak Chand, who were killed on October 7, 2021.

Advocate Srivastava in the complaint stated that targeted killings have caused immense agony and panic amongst the minority Hindu and Sikh residents of Kashmir, which has, in turn, triggered a fresh wave of the exodus of Hindus and Sikhs from Kashmir, something which has not been witnessed since the onset of terrorism in Kashmir in the 1990s.

He said that even otherwise, the Sikh and Hindu minorities of Jammu and Kashmir are living in constant fear and insecurity, which is in flagrant violation of their rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity.

“The aforesaid human rights violations are, inter-alia, attributable to the negligence and failure of the Jammu and Kashmir administration in protecting the Hindu and Sikh minority residents of Kashmir,” the advocate stated in the complaint. (ANI)

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