October 2, 2013 1:18:35 am
Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah on Tuesday ordered a judicial probe into the killing of five civilians in South Kashmirs Shopian district last month.
Replying to the adjournment motion moved by Opposition parties in the Legislative Assembly over the killings in Shopian,Kishtwar,Gool,Markundal,Samba and Hira Nagar,the CM admitted the Shopian case was mishandled. The different statements,pertaining to the Shopian incident,issued by police and other security agencies have created a situation where judicial probe is necessitated, he said.
Omar said he will ask the Law Department to issue notification to make the probe by a retired High Court judge time bound. People should know the veracity of the event in which five people lost their lives, he said,adding that if in the judicial probe,security forces were found guilty,they would be booked and severely punished. The impression being given that security forces have free hand to commit civil killings is wrong, he said.
Describing the incidents in Shopian,Kishtwar,Gool,Hira Nagar,Samba of different nature,Omar said the loss of human lives is most disturbing and painful for any CM. He said the court verdicts in cases where public sentiments are involved need to be put on fast-track like that of the Delhi gangrape case.
Referring to the incident of Kishtwar and other parts,Omar said rumours were responsible for fanning the tension and creating wedge between different sections of the society. The timely action by the administration and the full cooperation extended by people helped to keep the situation under control. Some vested elements wanted to accentuate and raise the sentiments of people to create 2008 like situation in the state, he said.
Leader of Opposition,Mehbooba Mufti said the government had lost its credibility. Though,people have no faith in the probes of the government,but still no FIR was registered in the case. Mufti said after the killing of civilians in Shopian,police came up with different versions.
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