As people accuse govt for bloodshed, Opposition demands probe into Shopian firing incident

The JKPCC spokesperson alleged that the killings were a result of misrule and misgovernance by the PDP-BJP which was also responsible for deteriorating situation in the Kashmir valley.

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) demanded a probe into the Shopian firing incident in which Indian Army killed 2 militants and 4 civilians on Sunday.

Condemning the incident, the party said the people of Shopian believed that the four people were innocent and they were killed in the garb of a police encounter.

The spokesperson said doubts in the minds of people needed to be cleared and the government was responsible for the bloodshed.The spokesperson alleged that the killings were a fallout of misrule and misgovernance by the PDP-BJP which was also responsible for deteriorating situation in the state.

Opposition National Conference also demanded a probe into the killings in Shopian district, saying these cannot be justified by labelling the deceased as overground workers (OGWs) of militant groups.

“The Shopian incident is yet another stark reminder of the grave-and-rapidly deteriorating situation in the Valley,” NC working president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah said.

Omar Abdullah said the varying accounts from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the security forces on last night’s incident are unfortunate and further perpetuate the sense of distrust and alienation.

“The circumstances and details should be probed and made public by the state government,” he added.

The JKPCC spokesperson alleged that the killings were a result of misrule and misgovernance by the PDP-BJP which was also responsible for deteriorating situation in the state.

Most of the people in Shopian believe all were killed in cold blood.

Terming the “massacre” at Shopian by Indian “colonial” forces as “another example of brutal Indian aggression”, the JRL in a statement said, “The Indian trigger-happy forces and police are deployed to kill Kashmiris and pro-India politicians and political parties especially RSS-backed Mehbooba regime is deployed to provide a legal cover to these killers.”

Indian troops are protected by controversial powers that shield them from prosecution while serving in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Indian army, and paramilitary officers can search homes and make arrests without warrants, shoot at people suspected of being militants and blow up buildings or homes on suspicion that insurgents are using them.

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