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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ahead of the orders, LG has conveyed that suitable action will be taken as soon as reports arrive
  • The controversial encounter has led to protests across the valley
  • Amid protests Farooq Abdullah held a phone conversation with LG to inform him about the situation

On Thursday, a magisterial probe into the controversial encounter of Hyderpora was ordered by the Jammu and Kashmir government. Lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha has confirmed to take appropriate action on the matter as soon as the reports arrive. Sinha said that the government strives to protect the lives of the civilians in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Lieutenant governor has said, “A magisterial inquiry by an officer of ADM rank has been ordered in the Hyderpora encounter. The government will take suitable action as soon as a report is submitted in a time-bound manner. The Jammu and Kashmir administration reiterates its commitment of protecting lives of innocent civilians and it will ensure there is no injustice.”

A violent encounter in Hyderpora on Monday killed a Pakistani militant and his ally Aamir Magray. The encounter also led to the death of two civilians named Altaf Ahmad Bhat and Mudasir Gul. Amid protests, the families of the deceased civilians have claimed them to be innocent. They have also demanded an immediate return of the bodies. However, police believe that Gul had active connections with the armed militants.

Vijay Kumar, the inspector general of police (Kashmir range), has confirmed on Tuesday that Bhat died of cross-firing. He has also expressed his regret for the death of the civilian. According to the inspector general, Bhat was a “harbourer” of terrorism. On Wednesday protests escalated in various parts of the valley. Meanwhile, Farooq Abdullah had a telephone conversation with Sinha and conveyed the scenario.

Abdullah has said, “I informed the LG about the contradictory statements made by the police. On Monday, they are civilians trapped in the crossfire, and Tuesday they are harbourers of terror. If they had so much of the so-called inputs about the deceased on Tuesday, they could have shared on Monday. This is a cooked–up story and needs to be probed.”

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