October 20, 2021

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Firing death: Regional parties ask security forces to exercise restraint

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Firing death: Regional parties ask security forces to exercise restraint
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Firing death: Regional parties ask security forces to exercise restraint
Firing death: Regional parties ask security forces to exercise restraint

SRINAGAR: Political leaders cutting across parties urged security forces to exercise restraint while condemning the killing of a 28-year-old civilian in CRPF firing in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday. J&K Police have maintained that the paramilitary troops fired in self-defence as the car he was travelling in ignored a police checkpoint and tried running into the CRPF personnel on duty.
Officials said that a checkpoint was established by CRPF’s 40 Bn at Monghal Bridge when on-duty personnel tried to intercept the suspected vehicle without a registration number but it rushed towards the checking party, which then fired in self-defence. The driver of the car managed to escape and one person was found dead inside it. While police are yet to officially identify the deceased, initial reports identified him as “Yasir Ali”.
PDP chief and former chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, tweeted: “This appears to be the start of a knee jerk reaction to what has transpired during (the) last two days. Disproportionate force has been used by CRPF which has resulted in this innocent civilian’s death. Will there be any action against the trigger happy personnel?”
“Yasir Ali (was) killed by security forces at a checkpoint in South Kashmir last night. A heightened state of alert cannot be a reason to open fire like this. Senior officers of the security forces need to ensure calmer heads prevail & nothing happens to worsen the situation,” tweeted Omar Abdullah. “While condemning this tragic killing, I send my condolences to the family of Yasir. Allah marhoom ko magfirat farmaye, Ameen,” he added in another tweet.
“In what seems to have telltale signs of excessive use of force by security forces — one person has been killed. Ominous signs. Hope sanity prevails,” PC chief and former minister in the erstwhile J&K government Sajad Lone tweeted.

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