SRINAGAR: A civilian was killed and another injured in security men’s firing in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, the first such incident after imposition of Governor’s rule in the State on January 8.
Police sources said security men fired on a mob at Palhalan, some 35 kms northwest of Srinagar. “The mob was protesting against the nocturnal police raids and demanding body of parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9, 2013”.
Today was the second death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who hailed from North Kashmir’s Sopore township. On the call of separatists, Kashmir observed shutdown.
Sources said in the security men firing, a 19-yearold youth Farooq Ahmad Bhat was killed and another injured.
A police spokesman while confirming the civilian killing, said, “During a law and order situation in village Palhalan, Pattan this evening two persons sustained injuries in a firing incident”.
He said one of the critically injured Farooq succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. “Another person identified Riyaz Ahmad Bhat is undergoing treatment in hospital”.
Terming the incident as “highly regrettable”, the police spokesman said police has taken cognizance and FIR has been registered.
“The incident is being investigated and all concerned are being questioned to ascertain the facts,” he said.
Both Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) have condemned the civilian killing, which is first such incident in the State after Governor’s rule was imposed in J&K on January 8.
“Such incidents are a reminder of the need to be cautious and humane in dealing with law and order problems. The forces have to be restrained in their approach and deal human life with respect and consideration for the consequences," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said.
NC’s working president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah demanded a probe into the circumstances leading to this tragic incident.
“The truth should be revealed without any delay,” he said.
All the separatists groups have also strongly condemned the civilian killing and called for Valley-wide shutdown tomorrow.