Police Blames Militants For Killing Hurriyat Activist

SRINAGAR —The Police on Wednesday told the State Human Rights Commission SHRC) that Hurriyat Conference (G) activist Hakeemur Rehman Sultani of  Sopore was killed by a group of militants.

The report noted Hakeemur Rehmani of Reshipora was shot dead outside his home in Bomai Sopore on October 8. The submissions were made in response to the petition filed by chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR)  Muhammad Ahsan Untoo before the SHRC. The petition was filed under petition number SHRC/303/BLA/2018 and the   Commission had issued notices to SSP Sopore and Deputy Commissioner Sopore to file the detailed reply.

In its reply filed before the SHRC the police have stated that on October 8, the police station  Bomai received an information that a group of militants that  include Liyaqat Ahmed, Abdul Majeed Mir, Abdul Gani Khawaja, Furqan Rashid Lone and others had fired on  Hakeemur Rehman.

As per the police reply the militants managed to flee from the spot leaving the person critically injured. However, he later succumbed at the hospital.

The police reply states that two militants involved in the murder of Hakeemur Rehman were identified as Liyaqat Ahmed and Furqan Rashid Lone.

Lone was killed in an encounter with the forces on October 11 at Guloora, Handwara while as another one Adul Majeed Mir of Tujjar was  also killed in Nowpora Tujjar on October 25.

“The efforts are on to identity the other militants involved in the crime” the police reply states, adding that the deceased was aged about 43 years with educational qualification BSC and was affiliated with the Congress from 2002 to 2008 and later joined Hurriyat Conference (G).

Not satisfied with the police reply, the petitioner Muhammad Ahsan Untoo said that police statement is “not gospel’s truth and that the incident needs a thorough probe by a High Court Judge as unidentified gunmen can’t be blamed for every civilian killing.”

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