December 6, 2021

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Farooq Abdullah demands impartial probe into Hyderpora civilian killings, Mehbooba says Kashmiris won’t surrender to oppression

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Farooq Abdullah demands impartial probe into Hyderpora civilian killings, Mehbooba says Kashmiris won’t surrender to oppression
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Farooq Abdullah demands impartial probe into Hyderpora civilian killings, Mehbooba says Kashmiris won’t surrender to oppression
Farooq Abdullah demands impartial probe into Hyderpora civilian killings, Mehbooba says Kashmiris won’t surrender to oppression

SRINAGAR/JAMMU: While National Conference president and MP Farooq Abdullah telephoned J&K lieutenant-governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday and demanded an impartial and time-bound inquiry into the Hyderpora encounter and the return of the bodies of the slain civilians to their kin, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti led a protest march in Jammu and said that only one militant was killed while the three others were civilians.
Farooq Abbullah said the impact of such killings and the subsequent “culture of impunity” would have a depressing impact on the public psyche. “The contrasting versions of the killings have sent a wave of fear across Kashmir. Varying versions have raised misgivings among the people, particularly the bereaved families,” Farooq Abdullah told the LG.
“Apprehensions have been raised by the victims’ families on the veracity of claims made by the police and its investigative agencies. It is, therefore, incumbent upon the J&K administration to ensure that there was no foul play involved and ensure that the bereaved families’ version is heard and respected,” he said.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said in Jammu on Wednesday that Kashmiris had never surrendered at gunpoint and would not do so now. “Kashmiris won’t surrender by committing atrocities on them. The only solution to this issue is a dialogue with Kashmiris. Their issues need to addressed constitutionally, and not through oppression,” she said.
Mehbooba claimed that nobody knew whether or not a militant was slain in Hyderpora but it was clear that three civilians had been killed in the encounter. “They were innocent people whose families are urging the authorities to return their bodies. Their little kids are waiting for their fathers to come. A helper, a doctor and a businessman were killed, and now the authorities are not even returning their bodies to their families,” she said.
Referring to IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar’s claim that they had digital evidence against those killed, she said, “If they had prior evidence, why did the police not arrest them, as they have been doing on a daily basis?” She added: “Whenever someone gets killed in firing, the police label them as OGWs. All their claims are false. The forces didn’t have any explanation to these killings so now they are labelling them as OGWs or militant associates and hybrid militants. All three were innocent people…” she said.
Mehbooba, a former J&K CM, said since the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, or AFSPA, has been in force, there has been no accountability for the killing of innocents. Earlier, in February 2018, Mehbooba Mufti had ruled out the revocation of AFSPA and had said the Indian Army was the most disciplined force in the world.
“This cruel government is not even handing over the bodies after killing people. They want to convert this nation of Gandhi, Nehru, and Ambedkar into a country of Godse. What else can I say,” the PDP chief said.

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