UN Takes Note Of Sopore Killings

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‘People Who Were Responsible Need To Be Brought To Account’

Srinagar: A day after a minor’s picture wailing over his grandfather’s body triggered massive outrage in Kashmir and outside, the United Nations have said that whosoever responsible for the killings in Sopore, “have to be made to account for it”, reports said Thursday.

In a daily press briefing on Wednesday, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that those who were responsible for the killing of a civilian and a CRPF man in Kashmir have to be made to account for it.

Dujarric was responding to a question by a reporter at the daily briefing.

“We will look into it. Obviously people who were responsible need to be brought to account. But let me look further into it,” he said.

Responding to another question over the outbreak of protests after the civilian’s killing, the UN General Secretary’s spokesperson said “As anywhere, we encourage people to be, authorities to allow people to demonstrate freely and that they can express their rights to demonstrate.”

On Wednesday, the killing of a civilian during a shootout in Sopore town of north Kashmir triggered a massive outrage in Kashmir and outside. While police claimed that the 65-year-old Bashir Ahmad Khan, of Mustafa Colony HMT in Srinagar died due to the firing by militants, the family contested the claims and accused state forces of killing him in “cold-blood” after dragging him out of his personal car.

The anger and outrage was fuelled by a series of pictures and videos showing a wailing kid trying to wake up Khan from a road in Sopore town. The incident also evoked strong condemnation from mainstream political, social and religious parties.

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