HYDERPORA INCIDENT: FAMILY DEMANDS JUSTICE, OMAR ABDULLAH STAGES SIT-IN PROTEST

 Jammu and Kashmir have been under brewing controversy and conflict after the death of two civilians in Hyderpora while a crossfire went down between the military and the armed militants. Out of the 5 people killed in the crossfire, two people were apparently civilians, their families and political groups claim, but the security forces have not yet admitted the claim. Althaf Ahmed who was the owner of a building in the site and Dr. Mudasir Gul were the two people who were civilians, killed in the conflict. The forces claim they were aids to the terror groups. However, the families of both persons have disputed the claims of the forces by staging protests in the region. 

 

On Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. “A magisterial inquiry by an officer of ADM rank has been ordered in the Hyderpora encounter. Government will take suitable action as soon as the report is submitted in a time-bound manner. J-K admin reiterates the commitment of protecting lives of innocent civilians and it will ensure there is no injustice,” his office tweeted. 

 

On Wednesday the police had forcibly removed the families of the victims who held a candlelight vigil at Srinagar’s Press Enclave demanding the return of the bodies of their kin, videos of which surfaced on social media. The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration have demanded a judicial probe into the incident, calling the LG inquiry ‘not fair’. “The PAGD leaders also appeal to the people and leadership of the country to rise in defence of the democratic rights of citizens of India from Jammu and Kashmir as well. There is a need to share this pain of Kashmir before it is too late,” said CPI(M)’s Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah staged a sit-in protest demanding the return of the bodies. The protest caught wide attention in social media. “We are sitting here peacefully. If we wanted, we would have blocked roads, bridges, but no. There has been no sloganeering, no law and order disturbance and no road has been blocked. We are not raising voice against the government, we just demand that the bodies be returned,” said Former Chief Minister Abdullah. Mehbooba Mufti of the PDP also spoke on the issue. “Using innocent civilians as human shields, getting them killed in cross-firing & then conveniently labeling them as OGWs is part of GOI’s rulebook now. Imperative that a credible judicial inquiry is done to bring out the truth and put an end to this rampant culture of impunity,” tweeted the former CM. 

 

 

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