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Shopian violence: CM orders judicial probe

india Updated: Oct 02, 2013 08:17 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times
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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday ordered a judicial inquiry by a retired high court judge in the Shopian incident, describing it as the need of the hour to unearth the reality and bring facts before the people.

Replying to the adjournment motion moved by the main Opposition party and other parties pertaining to the incidents of Shopian, Kishtwar, Gool, Markundal, Samba and Hira Nagar, the chief minister said various statements pertaining to the Shopian incident issued by the police and other security agencies had created a situation where the judicial probe was necessitated.

Five people, including a Pakistani militant, were killed in a firing by security forces on September 7. While the CRPF claimed those killed were militants, statements from the police revealed that four persons killed on that day had no police record.

Abdullah said he would ask the law department to issue necessary notification in this regard and make the probe a time-bound matter. "People should know the veracity of the event in which five people lost their lives," he said.

"Sweet or bitter, we are bound to tell people of Shopian the truth about the incident. If a security force personnel is guilty, he would be punished by the court, and whatever action was needed would be taken," he added.

Abdullah said he was convinced that one of the victims was a militant, but antecedents of the others needed to be ascertained.

Describing Shopian, Kishtwar Gool, Hiranagar, Samba incidents of different nature, Abdullah said the loss of human lives was most disturbing and painful for any chief minister.

He said whenever any such incident took place he was engulfed with pain. "Any person, who has a human heart, will not remain untouched by the killings," he said, adding that when in the past he used to speak his heart out in this regard, it was misinterpreted as his helplessness.

"The reality is that such statements of mine were the voice of my heart reflecting my deep pain over human killings," he said, referring to his statement in the legislative assembly over the killing of a youth in Baramulla.

"I assure people of Shopian that If in the judicial probe, security forces were found guilty of innocent civilian killings, they would be booked under the law," he said, adding that the impression being given that security forces had a free hand to commit civilian killings was totally wrong.