Mehbooba alleges ‘fake encounters’ in Kashmir, urges militants to shun violence

Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar: Appealing the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir for the probe, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that there are incidents where youths have been killed in “fake encounters” in Kashmir.

She said last year three youths of Rajouri were killed in a fake encounter in Shopian, Outlook India reported.

“One of the families of youths wanted to meet me but they were not allowed yesterday,” the report quoted Mehbooba as saying.

The PDP leader was addressing her party workers at the PDP’s 22nd foundation day in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Mehbooba also appealed to youth to shun the militancy, saying that some people want youth to take up arms, but “the youth should stay away from culture. We will raise our voice peacefully. We have to learn from Mahatma Gandhi. We need to learn from him.”

Mehbooba said that JK people preferred to stay with India due to its democratic nature, but whatever was given to the people by India itself has been snatched.

“Today forces are not fighting enemies, Pakistan and China, but with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. They (forces) have created fear among the people,” she said, adding that people are being threatened for raising their voice.

Earlier, a family from south Kashmir’s Anantnag shot a letter to the district’s Deputy Commissioner and other officials alleging their kin was killed in a “fake encounter”. The family has sought an investigation into the matter.


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