NC questions Govt’s silence on compensation to Farooq Dar

JAMMU: National Conference Legislator Ali Mohammad Sagar on Thursday questioned the PDP-BJP coalition Government in Jammu and Kashmir for not paying compensation to Farooq Ahmed Dar in Human Shield Case. On a question by the MLA seeking details about the recommended compensation, the Government said that SHRC had recommended Rs 10 lakh as compensation in favour of Dar. The Government further replied that the recommendations were considered by the Empowered Committee in its 28th meeting and it was observed that the recommendations made cannot be accepted because no allegations as regard to human violation of human rights of the applicant have been levelled against the State Government or any of its functionary. “The pending completion of the investigation in the matter, the recommendation with regard to payment of compensation to the complainant, shall tantamount to establish the guilt of the accused, without affording him an opportunity of being heard,” said the Government. “The SHRC in its recommendations has inter-alia, observed that the Commission is handicapped to go into the conduct of the Army, who are allegedly responsible for the incident,” it said, adding that the Commission lacks jurisdiction to entertain and adjudicate upon the present matter. The Government, however, said that on April 13, 2017, police station Beerwah received an information through sources that a video/audio clip was uploaded on local and national news channels, depicting therein that on April 9 (polling day), one Farooq Ahmad Dar, resident of Chill Khansahib, was tied with ropes on the bonnet of an Army vehicle, followed by a Casper under threat, keeping him under wrongful confinement and making him a human shield. An FIR under Sections 342, 367, 506 of RPC was registered and investigation taken up, which was yet to be concluded, replied the Government. (UNI)