Govt orders probe into killing of 3 persons in Qazigund

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Jammu and Kashmir government today ordered a magisterial probe into the killing of three persons including two women in army firing at Qazigund in Anantnag district on Monday and asked the inquiry officer to submit his report with 15 days.

Amry has already ordered an inquiry into the incident.

District Development Commissioner, Kulgam ordered the magisterial inquiry into the killing of three persons – Showkat Ahmad Itoo, Seda Begum and Nelofar – in a firing incident at Churat near Qazigund, 80 km from here on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Monday.

According to a government notification, Additional District Magistrate Ghulam Hassan Sheikh has been appointed as the inquiry officer.

“He (Sheikh) will hold the inquiry into the circumstances which led to the incident and submit the report within 15 days,” the notification read.

Regretting the incident, the Army on Tuesday had ordered an inquiry into the incident and assured all possible assistance to the bereaved families and six others who were injured in the “unfortunate” incident.

“The Army deeply regrets, the unfortunate loss of life in the incident at Churat, Qaziund where the troops were forced to open fire when a large mob turned violent, resorting to heavy stone pelting and attempted to snatch weapons from the soldiers.

An inquiry has been ordered into the incident,” the Army had said.

Forty-three persons were killed and scores of others injured in the ongoing unrest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

This is the first instance when the government ordered a probe into any incident which led to the killing of protesters anywhere in the valley.

On July 19, a local court here has also directed the police to register a case against its officer accused of acting “beyond the powers” in connection with the killing of a youth in Tengpora area of Srinagar on July 10.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti this evening visited Anantnag to offer personal condolences to the families of youth killed in recent law and order situation in the twin districts of Anantnag and Kulgam.

Expressing grief and anguish over the loss of precious human lives, especially the youth, the Chief Minister assured every possible help to the affected families. She said it was painful to note that these children who have become the victims of the senseless violence belong to the poorest of the poor families.

The Chief Minister interacted with the parents of the deceased youth and said she is pained to see the trauma they are undergoing due to the loss of their near and dear ones.

The Chief Minister said while certain quarters are only interested in playing politics over the dead bodies of the youth, it is the family members of these slain youth who have to live with this pain forever. “Ironically, it is only the parents and other immediate family members of these ill-fated youth who have to live with the life-long trauma of losing their near and dear ones to this senseless violence,” she said added that there are hundreds of such families in Kashmir today who have lost their near and dear ones to the violence, one way or the other, and have been left at the mercy of the God. “Most of these families are living in such miserable conditions that they have to even struggle for day-to-day living,” she said and added while hundreds and thousands of people may be attending the funerals of the slain youth, “tell me how many of these people then bother to visit these anguished families to help them out of difficult circumstances.”

The Chief Minister said the Government is, however, alive to the abject condition of such distressed families. “We will try to work out a mechanism to ensure a secure and dignified living for the kith and kin of the victims of violence so that their families don’t have to run from pillar to post to live a normal life,” she said and added that it is the responsibility of the Government to reach out to such families.

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