Thursday, May 29, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Custodial death: 2 Army men held guilty

Srinagar, May 28
The Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission (JKHRC), has held two Army officers responsible for the custodial death of Hilal Ahmad Nasti and recommended an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to his family.

Mr Justice A.Q. Parray held K.K. Sharma and Jagtar Singh of the first Rashtriya Rifles (RR) responsible for the custodial killing of Hilal Ahmad Nasti, a youth from Anantnag district of south Kashmir.

An ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of Hilal and compassionate employment under SRO-43 to one of the family members of the deceased was recommended.

Hilal was arrested on June 13, 1995, and his mutilated body was thrown into the river.

In another case, a Division Bench of the JKHRC comprising A.Q. Parray and G.O. Mughal considered the custodial disappearance case of Muhammad Ashraf Koka and awarded Rs 2 lakh to the next of his kin and employment under SRO-43.

Koka was arrested by a group of soldiers on October 27, 2001, and since then his whereabouts could not be ascertained.

In yet another case, the JKHRC granted Rs 21 lakh to Meema Jan whose husband, Ghulam Hassan Paswal was picked up by the security forces along with five others on August 22, 2000. Since then his whereabouts are not known. UNI


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