High Court Monday issued notices to Government of India (GoI) and the state government in a Public Interested Litigation (PIL) seeking assessment of losses due to Tosa Maiden firing range and compensation to the victims.
A division bench headed by Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir issued notices to GoI through Secretary, Ministry of Home and State government through Chief Secretary, Director Social Welfare, Chief Conservator forests, Budgam, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and Deputy Commissioner Budgam.
The court has asked the respondents to reply to the PIL within six weeks.
The PIL filed by a petitioner namely Lubna Sayed Qadri has sought a direction for conducting a detailed survey of the Tosa Maidan area to assess the loss and damage caused to human beings and the environment due to artillery and other military exercises and to furnish compliance report before this court within stipulated time.
The petition has also demanded compensation to the families, whose family members were killed or injured due to artillery and other military exercises at the firing range.
It has sought directions for state government for framing the guidelines for firing ranges in accordance with the provisions contained in the maneuvers Field Firing and Artillery Practice Act, 1938.