Setback for talks as civilian deaths spark massive uproar in Kashmir Valley

NEW DELHI: While the Valley is witnessing uproar over the recent killings of two youth from South Kashmir’s  Shopian district, the peace process initiated by the government of India by sending its special representative Dineshwar Sharma seems to be going nowhere.
Three civilians (Javid Bhat, Suhail Lone and Rayees Ganie) lost their lives when the Indian army opened fire on a group of demonstrators on 27 January firing incident leaving an atmosphere in the valley charged and youth from Nadepora Shopian who was hit at head which damaged his brain lost his battle with life  today at SKIMS, taking the toll reach to 3 in less than 5 days.


Defense ministry spokesman Rajesh Kalia had said that the troops opened fire in self-defense when 100-120 protesters tried to lynch a junior commissioned officer and snatch his service rifle, the protesters further tried to ransack the vehicle, he added.
The government has ordered an inquiry and an FIR was lodged against the convicts under the murder,  attempt to murder and endangering life cases.
Earlier, on 9 January 22-year-old Khalid Ahmad Dar and on 24 January 17-year-old Shakir Ahmad, both hailing from South Kashmir, were killed during the clashes with troops and today, a youth from Nadepora Shopian who was hit at the head which damaged his brain lost his battle with life today at SKIMS.
The ruling parties BJP and PDP had heated arguments over the FIR registered against the army-men, with BJP demanding the withdrawal of the case and chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir saying that investigations will be taken to logical conclusion.
The civilian killings also rocked the assembly while opposition party National conference lashing out at the ruling government and demanding the immediate arrest of army-men involved in the incident.
Chief minister Mehboba Mugri had also called the defense minister Of India to express anguish over the killings. In a statement, she said, “Every civilian killing, notwithstanding how erroneously made, impairs the political process in the state which has been put on track after hard work by all political parties.”


The government of India’s special representative for Jammu and Kashmir claimed that “there was a definite change in mood after his visits and meetings in the Valley.”
However, Sharma refused to make any remarks on the FIR filed against army-men in Shopian.
Ali Mohammad Sagar, senior National Conference leader, and MLA Khanyar said “Sharma’s challenge was to get the Hurriyat and those parties on board for talks which were angry with the state and the Centre,”  adding that he failed in doing so.
In reply PDP leader and minister for Public Works and Department  Naeem Akhtar said, “It was too early to judge him. The initiative of starting a dialogue is well thought of by the Centre. Neither militancy nor military can help but talks.”
Dineshwar Sharma who concluded his last visit to Valley on 24 of January, considers that his priority is to find a deserving solution and restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir.



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