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Kashmiris continue protest, demand justice for 4 killed

(The Indian Express)

SRINAGAR: Three family members among four have been killed in the cross-firing between militants and security forces at Hyderpora.

Protest by families in press enclave Srinagar demanding their bodies and justice. The deceased were businessman and dentist. Dr. Mudasir Gul and Altaf Bhat had shops in the commercial complex at Hyderpora where the encounter took place on Monday evening.

Mudsir Gul, a dental surgeon by training, ran a computer centre in the complex. Altaf Bhat was the owner of the commercial complex and also ran a hardware and cement shop there.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti demanded an inquiry into the killings. “Using innocent civilians as human shields, getting them killed in cross firing & then conveniently labelling them as OGWs is part of GOIs rulebook now. Imperative that a credible judicial enquiry is done to bring out the truth & put an end to this rampant culture of impunity,” tweeted Ms Mufti.

The families allege that the businessmen were killed by security forces but the police insist that both of them were either killed in terrorist firing or killed during the crossfire.

The families have been demanding their bodies for the last rites. The police, however, said that the bodies cannot he handed over to families because of the law and order situation.

Police said all the four bodies were buried in the Handwara area of north Kashmir, 100 km from Srinagar. Earlier, a terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir, IGP Kashmir.  

 

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