SHRC seeks report from govt into Shopian girl’s killing


The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has sought a report from the government into the killing of Saima Wani who succumbed to her injuries on Sunday.
Saima was shot in the head by the government forces on January 24 when she and a group of villagers tried to come to the rescue of two besieged militants—Sameer Wani and Firdous Ahmad Lone—during a gunfight in Chaigund village. Saima was Sameer’s sister.
She was undergoing treatment at the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of SKIMS, where she was operated upon, but succumbed to her injuries 18 days later.
Rights activist Ahsan Untoo had filed a petition with the commission, asking for an inquiry into the killing of Saima, who had recently cleared class 12 examination.
The commission has issued directions to the Kashmir range inspector general of police, Shopian superintendent of police and deputy commissioner Shopian.
With Saima’s death the number of civilians killed in Shopian since January 25 has reached six.

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