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2010 killings: Government submits synopsis of Koul Commission’s report in HC

The government on Friday submitted in sealed cover a summary report of Koul Commission on 2010 unrest killings.A division bench of acting Chief justice Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura re-sealed the report after perusing the same. The bench posted the case for further consideration on 10 July.

Earlier, the government had said that in keeping with the sensitivities involved in the matter and the security concerns related to the case, the government cannot make public the recommendations.

After producing the report before the bench, senior additional advocate general B A Dar told the bench that the Public Interest Litigation required to be closed as “nothing was left in it now”.

The government, he said, has already paid compensation to the kin of the victims.

Opposing Dar’s submission, Advocate Shafaqat Nazir on behalf of the NGO, Jammu & Kashmir Peoples’ Forum, however sought permission from the bench for filing a supplementary affidavit.

He said the government is bound to make the recommendations of Koul Commission Public as in keeping with law laid down by Supreme Court once a Commission is constituted by the government, the findings are bound to be made public.

A social organization Jammu & Kashmir Peoples’ Forum through its general Secretary M M Shuja has approached the court and is seeking directions for making public the findings of the Koul Commission in 2010 unrest, killings and monitoring of follow up action by the court after the report is made public.

The Forum has also sought directions for implementing the recommendations of Koul Commission on grant of compensation to the victim families.

Constituted under the J & K Commission of Enquiry Act, 1962, the government had constituted the one man commission headed by Justice (retd) ML Koul to probe the 2010 unrest killings.

As per reports, the Commission in its findings has indicted government forces for firing upon demonstrators without magisterial orders and use of disproportionate force on protesters.

While, the Commission has reportedly said that both administration and police were “inactive” and “indolent” in tackling the law and order situation, it has also recommended a CBI probe into the killing of a teenager Tufail Matto and registration of a murder case against police personnel involved in “torturing” Umar Qayoom of Soura to death.

Tufail’s death, on 11 June 2010, by a teargas shell led to widespread protests and triggered an unrest in which more than 120 people were killed.

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