Parties Denounce Killing of a Youth in Anantnag

Srinagar: Former Chief Minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah and Peoples Conference Chief Sajad Gani Lone have called for “sanity to prevail” after a 28-year-old youth, father of two-minor daughters, was killed in CRPF firing in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Thursday evening.

PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called it a “knee-jerk” reaction and asked if “any action will be taken against the trigger happy personnel.”

“Yasir Ali killed by security forces at a check point in South Kashmir last night. A heightened state of alert cannot be a reason to open fire like this. Senior officers of the security forces need to ensure calmer heads prevail & nothing happens to worsen the situation,” Omar Abdullah said in a tweet.

“While condemning this tragic killing, I send my condolences to the family of Yasir. Allah marhoom ko magfirat farmaye, Ameen.”

PC chief and former minister in erstwhile state government on BJP quota, Sajad Lone said in a tweet: “In what seems to have tell-tale signs of Excessive use of force by security forces— one person has been killed. Ominous signs. Hope sanity prevails.”

Reacting to the killing, Mehbooba Mufti took to twitter: “This appears to be the start of a knee jerk reaction to what has transpired during last two days. Disproportionate force has been used by CRPF which has resulted in this innocent civilian’s death. Will there be any action against the trigger happy personnel?”

Meanwhile Hurriyat conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that it deeply grieves the 'cold blooded murder' of youth in the forces firing in Anantnag last evening.

APHC in a statement said that such brutal killings have been the norm in J&K for the last more than three decades and thousands of Kashmiris have been killed in this causal manner with impunity.

“When militarisation to repress is pursued as a state policy to handle a live and lingering conflict, rather than seeking conflict resolution, bloodshed and loss of precious human lives -are the consequence.”

APHC reiterated that a just resolution through peaceful means of the Kashmir conflict is the key to end bloodshed in all its manifestations and usher lasting peace- not the lull before every new storm for the people of Kashmir, that is trumpeted as peace in J&K by the rulers.”

APHC also grieved the shocking killing of two teachers Supinder Kaur Ji and Deepak Chand in Srinagar on Thursday.

APHC said that it shares the grief and pain that the families of the victims are going through and extended its heartfelt condolences to them.

APHC also said that it believes as do the people of Kashmir, that each and every life lost in the conflict matters equally.

“No victim is seen through the religious prism as each and every one is an equally important part of our society. Irrespective of our faith, all in this land have suffered, and together all the people of J&K press for early resolution of the conflict,” the statement reads.

The killing comes amid spate of civilian killings in last few days in Kashmir Valley.

While police is yet to officially identify the deceased, initially reports identified him a Yasir Ali but more authoritative identification suggests that slain was a tribal man—Parvaiz Ahmed son of Noor Din of Rajkang Block Larnoo in Kokarnag tehsil of Anantnag.

Police in a tweet late last evening said that CRPF personnel fired in “self defence” but did not reveal if any fire was opened at them at a Naka near Monghal Bridge.

“A Naka was established by 40Bn CRPF at Monghal Bridge. A suspected vehicle without number was signalled to stop by the Naka party, however, it rushed towards the Naka party. It was then challenged by the on duty troops,” police said, adding, “Troops fired upon in self defence in which one person died. But the driver of the vehicle managed to escape from the spot. Identification & credentials of the deceased person is being verified. Investigation is going on.”

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