Why Parents of Slain Youth Were Not Called to Encounter Site: Shah

 Awami National Conference vice President, Muzzaffar Shah | KO file photo

Srinagar: Raising questions over the Srinagar encounter, senior Vice President Awami National Conference, Muzaffar Shah Friday asked why SOP was not followed by joint forces and why the family members of the slain youth were not called at the encounter site.

Shah said that forces are bound to follow SOP’s under which family members of trapped militants are called near the encounter site to persuade their loved ones to give up arms. “In Srinagar no such SOP was followed”, he said.

“Families of youth have already termed this encounter as ‘staged and fake’. We have seen earlier how three innocent labourers from Rajouri were killed in a Amshipora Shopian fake encounter,” Shah said.

He sought time bound inquiry into the circumstances leading to the killing of these three youth saying the justice must be immediately delivered by investigating the matter on an impartial, fast track basis.

“It is for the government now to clear the ambiguity leading to the death of the three persons,” he said.

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