Kud Shootout A Fake Encounter: NC


Srinagar: Seeking clarification from the government, Senior National Conference leader, Ali Muhammad Sagar, Tuesday, alleged that the Kud encounter was ‘stage-managed’, drawing sharp criticism from the BJP members.
“In the light of the unprecedented protests in Bemina, the government should make a statement,” Sagar, who represents Khanyar assembly segment, told the House.
The Assembly Tuesday witnessed uproar over the encounter in Kud town of Udhampur on Monday which left a suspected militant and a woman dead.
The issue was raised by the ruling PDP’s legislator from Srinagar’s Batamaloo constituency, Sheikh Noor Mohammad, during Question Hour who asked the government to explain the circumstances under which the encounter took place.
A suspected militant identified as Tanvir Sultan, son of Sheikh Mohammad Sultan, a resident of Bemina in Srinagar was killed in the encounter along with a lady, Mamta Devi, on Monday. Two civilians, Ruby and Balbir Singh, suffered injuries.
“What is the truth in the killing of Bemina man? He was on way to Amritsar for treatment. I want the government to issue a statement and tell the House what the truth is in it,” he told the Speaker.
Geelani Demands Impartial Probe
Srinagar: Terming as ‘mysterious’ the killing of a youth from Bemina and a woman in an incident at Kud area of Udhampur district in Jammu region yesterday, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday demanded an impartial probe into the incident by some independent agency.
While expressing solidarity with the families of the deceased, Geelani said that the role of police and their track record in past times has always been doubtful in such incidents. “So there will be no truth in the police version.
Therefore, an impartial agency should investigate this incident in order to bring the facts before people,” Geelani said.
He also urged local human rights bodies to get in touch with the family of the youth and bring their stand to fore.
“Indian forces suspect all Kashmiris and kill them as part of their national duty. Till today thousands of youth have been martyred under mysterious circumstances for promotions and medals”, Geelani said.
Bemina Erupts Against Killing
Srinagar: Clashes erupted in Bemina area on City outskirts here on Tuesday against the killing of local youth who police said was a militant at Kud during shootout yesterday.
Scores of youths in the morning today took to streets in Bemina and staged protests against the killing of Tanveer Sultan, son of Sheikh Sultan, resident Ibrahim Colony. Tanveer according to police was killed in an exchange of fire with forces at Kud yesterday.
The youths staged protests against the killing amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The protesters were demanding body of the slain which so far has not been handed over to the family. The protesters also pelted stones on civilian vehicles.
Police chased away the protesters and fired dozens of teargas shells towards protesters. The situation in the area remained tense throughout the day.


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