Shopian Bloodbath: It is most probably a fake encounter, says KCCI

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Demanded removal of laws like AFSPA ‘which gives license to the army to kill anybody and everybody’

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) chairperson Javaid Tenga in a statement, has said that once again Kashmiri bodies are being found ‘in what is most probably a fake encounter’.

In a statement, Tenga said, “once again whole Kashmir is in turmoil. 6 Kashmiris (have been killed) so far,” adding that these incidents are ‘encouraged by the impunity of laws like AFSPA’.

KCCI demanded removal of laws like AFSPA which gives ‘license to the army to kill anybody and everybody without any accountability. KCCI also said that by the decision of the Supreme Court of staying any proceedings on the previous FIR gives further impetus to the forces to do such things.

“The chamber has already asked that the only way to stop this is to settle Kashmir once for all it is the duty of the state government and all to demand the same and bring us out from this daily bloodshed
Javid Ahmed Tenga

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The statement comes in the aftermath of killing of four civilians and two militants, who were killed in a firing incident in Shopian district on Sunday.

However, the Army has claimed that three civilians killed were ‘Over Ground Workers’ of the militants. An Army Spokesman claimed that militants, who were travelling in a vehicle in Pohan area of the district attacked a joint Mobile Vehicle Check Post, at 20:00 hours.

Another car was found near the site with a dead body inside. Later, a body of another militant was found in an apple orchard around 10 kilometers away from the site.

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Opposition party National Conference demanded a probe into the Shopian killings where two militants and four militants were killed on Sunday late evening. On its official Twitter handle, NC wrote: “We are deeply shocked and grieved at the continued and unabated bloodshed in Kashmir.”

“The Shopian killings cannot be justified with an arbitrary, unproven pronouncement of the youth being OGWs. The circumstances and details should be probed and made public by the State Govt”.

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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that she was deeply distressed due to the civilian killings in Shopian.

The chief minister tweeted her condolences to the families of the people who were ‘caught in cross fire’.

In the aftermath of the blood bath in Shopian, a dead body of another civilian has been found, taking the death toll to five.

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