Police on Wednesday claimed that three terrorists were killed in a late-night fight in the Parampora area, but relatives of the youths said they were not involved in terrorist activities.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti on Friday demanded a proper probe into the alleged killing of three youths in a fake encounter in Srinagar two days ago and handing over the bodies to the youths’ families.
The Mufti has written a letter to the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, saying that such incidents create “slander” by the armed forces and are “grave violations” of human rights.
The Mufti said, “I am sure you are aware of the tragic incident in Parampura on December 30. Aware three boys died, one of them a 17-year-old. Family members complained that it was a planned encounter.” “There have been conflicting reports from the police and the army. Justice will be served only if immediate action is taken and so I urge you to immediately start a proper investigation into this matter.”
Police on Wednesday claimed that three terrorists were killed in a late-night fight in the Parampora area, but relatives of the youths said they were not involved in terrorist activities and that two of them were students.
Mufti said the incident took place at a time when police had filed a chargesheet against a military officer and two other personnel in connection with the incident, where three men from Rajouri were killed in an alleged fake fight at Amshipura in Shopian last year.
The mufti said he was aware that the administration was concerned about the return of the bodies of the three youths to their families in Srinagar but that “such a negligent decision would only add to the grief and pain in the families”. He wrote in the letter, “Hopefully, you will reconsider this decision and let the family see their end. Don’t deprive mothers who have lost a son to see their faces for the last time.”
Mufti Sinha was asked to intervene in the case and the family to cremate him as per his last wish. Anantnag MP and National Conference leader Hasnain Masudi said he had discussed the matter with Sinha on Thursday evening and the governor assured him of a proper investigation.
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