Several political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday demanded a judicial probe into the firing at Chahal in Baramulla district in which senior Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz besides four others was killed on Monday.
Parties, which demanded the probe through separate statements in Srinagar, included the state units of the CPI (M), Samajwadi Party, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and the Sikh Coordination Committee.
Expressing deep sorrow and grief over the death of many people including Aziz in the firing, CPI (M) state secretary MY Tarigami termed the police action against protesters as unfortunate and demanded immediate relief to the families of the deceased and those injured in the incident.
He also urged the administration to exercise restraint in dealing with the situation.
The SP's state general secretary Fayaz Ahmed Bhat asked the administration to ensure restoration of Srinagar-Jammu national highway on a priority basis to facilitate smooth movement of essential commodities and Kashmiri produce including apples and other perishable products to different parts of the country.
He expressed grave concern over the excessive use of force on protesters by the security forces and asked the administration to "rid the national highway of communal forces".
Condemning the "wanton shooting and gruesome killing" of the Hurriyat leader and many protesters in Kashmir, SAD (A) state unit president Mehta Adeep Singh said, "They were only trying to find the alternative routes of survival against the economic blockade."