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HindustanTimes Fri,24 Oct 2014

Shopian killings: Probe says one among four was militant, rest killed in ‘excessive use of force’

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, July 24, 2014
First Published: 15:50 IST(24/7/2014) | Last Updated: 23:21 IST(24/7/2014)

A probe report into the killing of four persons in south Kashmir’s Shopian last year, submitted to the government, has indicted security personnel for using “excessive force”, while declaring one person as a militant.
 
“The (probe) report has been sent to the state home department and is being examined,” chief minister Omar Abdullah said on the sidelines of a function in Srinagar.
 
The government had asked retired justice ML Koul to probe the killing of four persons in CRPF firing at Shopian’s Gagren area on September 7 last year.

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The firing incident, which took place on the day music maestro Zubin Mehta was holding a concert in Srinagar, sparked public outrage following conflicting reports.

The CRPF claimed they killed militants, while locals claimed all were civilians.
 
The probe has reportedly upheld the police version that one of the four killed was a militant and not a non-local labourer, as claimed by locals.
 
It, however, indicted the CRPF personnel for using “excessive force” and killing three unarmed civilians, present at the spot, as they tried to “flee after the firing took place”.
 
The fourth slain person has been identified as Abdullah Haroon and said to be a militant.

Other identified youth are Tariq Ahmad Mir, Tauseef Ahmad and Muhammad Yusuf and are local civilians.
 
Abdullah, holding the portfolio of home department, is likely to take a final call after the department goes through the report, which has identified the security personnel too.
 
When the incident took place, preliminary reports then suggested two motorcyclists fired at the CRPF camp and in retaliation four people were killed. Locals claimed all the four were civilians and one, non-local killed, was a labourer from Bihar.

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