For how long will the fake encounters in Kashmir be repeated, exclaims Tarigami

‘Condemns killing of Handwara youth’

Srinagar: While condemning the killing of Shadab Bashir Wani of Daril Ramhal, a student of Degree College Handwara, in a fake encounter, CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami today asked for how long fake encounter incidents would be repeated in Kashmir.

On 30 April 2010, the Indian Army claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid from across the Line of Control, at Machil Sector in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir by killing three ‘armed militants’ from Pakistan. However, it was subsequently established that the encounter had been staged and that the three alleged militants were in fact civilians of Rafiabad area, who had been lured to the army camp by promising them jobs as “porters” for the Army, and then shot in cold blood, in order to claim a cash award.

“Why don’t authorities learn lessons from previous fake encounters? The 2010 unrest was the creation of Machil fake encounter in which three civilians were killed and dubbed as foreign militants. Now again a fake encounter has been done. It alienates people further and will have serious consequences. It adds fuel to the fire as in a valley already undergoing turmoil,” he said in a statement issued to media agencies.

“We would have demanded an enquiry and probe into the latest incident. But unfortunately, the enquiries and probes have lost their credibility as even the enquiry reports aren’t being implemented on the ground,” he said.

“Authorities should read the writing on the wall and ensure they do not repeat the same mistakes time and again. The prestige of institutions is lowered down by such incidents. Governments have to be answerable. Those who stage fake encounters in the name of the security (of the country), and others involved in it have to be brought to justice,” he further added.

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