The magisterial inquiry report indicting the army for the killing of two youth in Sopore on February 22 will top Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s agenda when he meets Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday.
A source said the army’s refusal to accept the report had embarrassed the government. “The credibility of our government is at stake. We can’t allow things to drift away,” he said.
The killings had sparked protests across the Valley and forced the CM to order a probe. Abdullah had promised “exemplary punishment” for the guilty.
Abdullah was lambasted by opposition parties and separatists alike. Ashraf Sahrai, acting chairman of the Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, said: “The so-called civilian government… has no say against the army and other Indian forces.”
PDP general secretary Nizamuddin Bhat said: “This undermines the authority of the rule of law. The CM should take up the issue and ensure punishment to the guilty.”
The probe said the soldiers did not verify the information of the informer before opening fire on the youth. But the army refused to accept the report, saying such a probe was not valid under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.