Azad Demands Judicial Inquiry Headed By HC Judge

Srinagar- Senior Congress leader and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad Thursday said that a judicial inquiry headed by a High Court judge should be conducted to ascertain the facts, saying that such incidents in J&K capital will raise eyebrows of people about happenings in hinterland.

Azad praised the Army and police for doing great work, but stated that sometimes they don’t stick to their goal, where they need to take the responsibility.

He said that during his tenure as chief minister in Jammu and Kashmir, a similar kind of incident was reported in which three street vendors were brought from Lal Chowk and were branded as militants, claiming that they had come from across the border. “However, 13 persons have been arrested in this regard and are still behind the bars,” he said.

“In Hyderpora encounter, four persons were killed and later it was found that a doctor, house owner and a labourer were among the slain. IGP has said that a police team will be constituted to probe the matter, which means that those involved in killings will probe the matter. A judicial inquiry should be conducted in this regard,” he added.

“While I respect the police, I have been a great supporter and admirer of Army and security forces, but at the same time, we should ensure that such things don’t happen and that too in Srinagar city. If such things happen in the capital, people will raise so many eyebrows about what must be happening in the hinterland,” Azad said.

He also added that 20 targeted killings took place in Jammu and Kashmir, but nobody has been arrested in the last three months. “It should also be probed that why no one has been arrested yet,” Azad said.

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