GoI worried; Home Minister orders probe

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, July 18: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today ordered an inquiry into the firing incident in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district and said any excessive use of force will be dealt with strictly. "I have ordered an inquiry to be conducted without any loss of time to ascertain the circumstances leading to the firing. I assure that any use of excessive force or irresponsible action shall be dealt with strictly," he said in a statement issued here.
Expressing regret over the "unfortunate incident," the Home Minister said the loss of life in the incident was particularly sad and offered his deep condolence to the bereaved families.
"I appeal to the people to maintain peace," he said.
The Centre has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to keep a strict vigil over the situation in the State.
As part of its damage control exercise and apprehensive about protests during the holy month of Ramadan, Home Ministry officials said they were in regular touch with the State government officials and asked them to ensure that security forces observe restraint and no more violence take place anywhere in the State in coming days.
The Centre is particularly worried over the situation which may arise after the Friday prayers.
Officials said, in the past, the State has witnessed many violent protests after Friday prayers which further boiled the situation.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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