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JK politicians demand probe in ‘killing’ of youth from Sopore, say ‘stories fabricated to justify killings’

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir political leaders including former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir demanded the thorough probe in the killing of a youth from Sopore.

They said that stories produced by the administration are “fabricated to justify civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir.”

In a tweet, former Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) Vice president Omar Abdullah said that the administration can’t possibly win back the confidence of the people if “encounters” like Shopian or suspicious deaths like Sopore are allowed to pass without the facts being established.

“The administration can’t possibly win back the confidence of the people if “encounters” like Shopian or suspicious deaths like Sopore are allowed to pass without the facts being established & guilt, when determined, fully punished. @manojsinha_ must intervene in both these cases,” Omar tweeted.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti and former Chief Minister, whose twitter account is currently being operated by her daughter, Iltija Mufti, through a tweet said that the “cold-blooded murder” of a shopkeeper wrongfully accused of being an OGW is a grim reminder of how truth is mangled.

“The cold blooded murder of 23 yr old Irfan Ahmed Dar, a shopkeeper by profession wrongfully accused of being an OGW is a grim reminder of how truth is mangled & stories are fabricated to justify killing innocent civilians in J&K,” Mehbooba tweeted.

Peoples Conference (PC) president and former minister Sajad Gani Lone in a tweet stated that it is imperative that the sanctity of human life is restored in Kashmir.

“Sopore incident just doesn’t add up. They have done a bad job even at inventing a story. The guilty need to be punished,” Lone tweeted.

“It is imperative that the sanctity of human life is restored in Kashmir. Move beyond statistics. Stop treating bodies as statistics. These r human lives,” he wrote in his another tweet.

Meanwhile, Apni Party has demanded a high-level probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of Irfan Ahmad Dar from Sidiq-Colony, Sopore.

In a statement issued, Javid Baig, spokesman of Apni Party demanded that the government must constitute an inquiry into the incident in order to ascertain the veracity of contradictory claims made by police and family of the deceased youth.

“Even if the claims of the police are true that the slain youth was an overground worker who allegedly took advantage of the darkness to escape and during the search, his body was found at Tujjar-Sharief, the police cannot be absolved of its responsibility warranted under law. The circumstances which led to his death need to be probed in order to find the truth,” Baig added.

He urged Lieutenant Governor of JK  Manoj Sinha to order a time-bound probe taking into account all the aspects of the unfortunate incident which has triggered a fresh wave of anger and alienation in the whole area. “The claims made by police and the bereaved family into this unfortunate incident cannot be ascertained unless impartial investigations are conducted into this incident in a time-bound manner,” Baig demanded.

Earlier, Hurriyat Conference (M) in a statement said: “reports of another cold-blooded murder of a 24-year-old youth Irfan Ahmed Dar from Sopore, in custody is extremely sad and disturbing.”

The spokesperson of the organisation said that these “extrajudicial killings by the authorities that keep taking place in the valley at regular intervals to sustain the atmosphere of fear among people are condemnable, to say the least.”

Hurriyat (M) also appealed to all Human Rights bodies to take cognizance of these “brazen human rights violations and punish the culprits.”

 

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