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#Hyderpora Encounter : Mehbooba Mufti Alleges Civilians Used As Human Shields, Omar Abdullah Seeks Impartial And Credible Inquiry

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Jammu And Kashmir once again was on the boil after Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar said in a press conference that the four persons killed in an encounter at Hyderpora in Srinagar included a foreign terrorist, a local terrorist, an over-ground worker (OGW) and the house owner.

Speaking on the Hyderpora encounter, the house owner who was injured in terrorist fire, succumbed to his injuries. Terrorists have been hiding on the top floor of his building. As per source and digital evidence, he was working as terror associate, IGP Kashmir said.

Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 2 pistols, 3 magazines, 6 mobile phones, one call centre (6 computers, VOIP enabled) various virtual foreign numbers, dairies with alpha, beta, gamma codes, 1 US map were recovered from the site of the encounter, it added.

Omar Abdullah , National Conference Vice – president and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister in tweet wrote , An impartial & credible inquiry in to the recent encounter in Hyderpora is an absolute necessity

In another tweet Omar wrote, There have been numerous instances of fake encounters in the past and the questions raised about this #hyderporaencounter need to be answered swiftly & in a credible manner.

Reacting to the incident , PDP president Mehbooba Mufti demanded a judicial probe into the Hyderpora encounter, expressing concern over the killing of a house owner and a doctor. “It pains to see that you (police) have started targeting civilians while fighting militants,” she said, demanding a probe. The National Conference also demanded an impartial and time-bound probe into the civilian killings during the encounter.

‘JKNC MPs Farooq Abdullah, Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi today demanded an impartial and time bound probe into the Hyderpora civilian Killings and demands of bereaved families should be heard and respected,’ a spokesman of the party said in a one-line statement.

‘Using innocent civilians as human shields, getting them killed in cross firing & then conveniently labelling them as OGWs (Over Ground Workers) is part of GOIs (Government of India’s) rulebook now,’ Mehbooba wrote on Twitter, responding to a video of a teenaged daughter of one of the deceased, Altaf Bhat, shared by a user.

‘Imperative that a credible judicial enquiry is done to bring out the truth & put an end to this rampant culture of impunity,’ she added.

Addressing a group of youths earlier at her party office in Jammu, Mehbooba said, “I came across a news about an encounter in Hyderpora. Militants getting killed is understandable but there are allegations by the family that the house owner was used as a human shield and was killed along with a young doctor.”

“I do not know which category they (house owner and the doctor) will be put into but the heart aches. It pains to see that you have started targeting civilians while fighting militants. That is wrong,” she added.

Mehbooba, who is on a five-day tour of Jammu, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of polarising the country with an eye on the next year’s assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

‘Imperative that a credible judicial enquiry is done to bring out the truth & put an end to this rampant culture of impunity,’ she added.

Addressing a group of youths earlier at her party office in Jammu, Mehbooba said, “I came across a news about an encounter in Hyderpora. Militants getting killed is understandable but there are allegations by the family that the house owner was used as a human shield and was killed along with a young doctor.”

“I do not know which category they (house owner and the doctor) will be put into but the heart aches. It pains to see that you have started targeting civilians while fighting militants. That is wrong,” she added.

Mehbooba, who is on a five-day tour of Jammu, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of polarising the country with an eye on the next year’s assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

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