Jammu: While terming the killing of civilians in Shopian as highly deplorable, senior CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, said on Monday, that unless deterrent action is taken against those, involved in such incidents, these are going to be repeated and this is an unfortunate phenomenon.
Till now, there has been no outcome of the probes and enquires ordered by the government in such incidents. The government is habitual of shedding crocodile tears after every killing incident and quickly orders a probe. But on the ground there is no positive change.
Whatever the excuses, given by the forces in the latest incident, killing of unarmed and uninvolved civilians has no justification whatsoever. Losing precious human lives is most unfortunate. Those who are at the helm of affairs have to answer, how long the blood of civilians will continue to flow in Kashmir?
Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, Tarigami demanded an immediate end to impunity granted to the security forces, by withdrawing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act; at least from the areas which are relatively peaceful.
The statement came in the aftermath of killing of three civilians and a militant, who were killed in a firing incident in Shopian district on Sunday.
However, the Army has claimed that the 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.
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”.
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’.
Deeply distressed by more deaths of civilians caught in the crossfire in Shopian. My heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s families.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) March 5, 2018
In the aftermath of the blood bath in Shopian, a dead body of another civilian has been found, taking the death toll to five.