Refuting media reports, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday claimed that the Jammu and Kashmir police did not give a clean chit to four youths killed in South Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday.
Speaking to HT, CRPF IG Nalin Prabhat said: “The police have just started with an inquiry into the incident after public outcry.”
Srinagar-based police spokesman on Monday had said that three of the four persons killed had no previous record of militancy. The police, however, had said that the fourth one was a 'non-local looking' man, whose body was not claimed by anybody.
“Police did not say those killed were not militants, they just said that no previous records were available with the police. But with new recruits getting into militancy everyday the inquiry will reveal that they were involved,'' Prabhat added.
According to him, six motorcycle-borne militants had attacked the CRPF post. “They were all riding two motorcycles and there were three people on each motorcycle.
While four were killed, two including another senior militant commander of LeT managed to flee,” he added.
Prabhat said that more details about the incident would soon be made public.
The police disclosure had raised questions on the CRPF's claim that all four youth who were killed were militants. People in the area had protested the killings claiming the youth to be 'innocent'.
An indefinite curfew was imposed in Shopian district, which is on since past four days. Authorities have also imposed a curfew in the nearby Kulgam district, to which one of the slain youth belonged, and in Pulwama town to prevent violence.
Separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, had urged residents of all towns in the southern valley to converge in Shopian to protest against the killings.