CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed orders probe into Sopore killings

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2015 02:25 IST

The Mufti Sayeed government has taken note of the killings of civilians in Sopore and asked the home department to step up investigation in this regard.

The matter is also scheduled to be discussed in the meeting of the Unified headquarters on June 17.

A former militant was killed in Sopore town of north Kashmir on Monday morning, the sixth in a series of mysterious killings in the region by unidentified gunmen since May 25 when a BSNL employee was killed.

This was the fourth killing by suspected militants in the town in a week.

Former militant Aijaz Ahmad Reshi was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Mundji area of Sopore. Reshi was the second former militant to be killed in the town since Sunday.

On Sunday, another former militant Mairaj-ul-din Dar was shot near his shop at Badami Bagh in Sopore. Dar was a former member of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) who was running a poultry farm.

The killing occurred just two days after another shopkeeper, Altaf-ul-Rahman, was shot by suspected militants on Friday night. A government employee, who was an activist of the hardline Hurriyat Conference, was killed on Tuesday.

Both factions of Hurriyat have called for a complete shutdown in the Valley to protest the killings. Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and moderate Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF's Yasin Malik have also planned a joint visit to the Valley on June 19.

The ruling PDP had so far chosen not to react with no statement coming from either chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed or daughter Mehbooba Mufti. The series of killings, however, prompted the government to act on Monday.

An official spokesman confirmed that the police have already taken all possible steps to fast track investigation. The chief minister has also put in place a monitoring mechanism to keep track of proper investigation.

The spokesman further stated that government is making all efforts to ensure safety and security of civilians.

The opposition, however, is crying foul. Former chief minister Omar Abdullah has related the killings to defence minister Parrikar's statement saying "insurgents should be used to kill insurgents."

Monday's killing took the death toll in Sopore to six since a BSNL employee was shot dead on May 25.

In the first attack, the BSNL employee was killed and two more were injured when unidentified gunmen struck a showroom in Sopore. Another person hosting a mobile tower inside his house was killed a day later.

The hitherto unheard of militant group, the Lashkar-e-Islam, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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