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Shopian killings: State govt orders magisterial probe

Peerzada Ashiq , Hindustan Times  Srinagar, September 12, 2013
First Published: 20:15 IST(12/9/2013) | Last Updated: 09:26 IST(13/9/2013)

Under fire from public, the government on Thursday decided to institute a magisterial inquiry into the two incidents of killings, which has rocked south Kashmir's Shopian and Kulgam districts.
The divisional commissioner, Kashmir, has appointed Bashir Ahmad Bhat, district magistrate of Shopian, as an inquiry officer to look into the firing incidents, which occurred at Gagren Shopian on September 7 and 11 this month.
On September 7, four youth, whom the CRPF claimed to be militants, were killed in Shopian. The CRPF said the youth were killed in retaliatory action. However, the police said three youth were locals, two from Shopian and one from adjacent district of Kulgam. The police identified fourth dead person as a Lashkar-e-Taiba's commander.
On September 11, one youth was killed when security forces fired at a mob hurling stones during a demonstration against the September 7 killings.

The magisterial inquiry has come six days after the incident. Ruling party National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, who is also a union minister, had earlier ruled out need to have a magisterial inquiry into the killings.

The killing of four youth had come just hours ahead of Zubin Mehta, a music maestro, holding his first ever concert in Srinagar.

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