CM Sayeed orders time-bound probe into Sopore killings

Almost eight hours after a former militant was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Monday ordered a time-bound enquiry and convened a meeting of the Unified Headquarters on Wednesday to discuss the issue.
CM Sayeed orders time-bound probe into Sopore killings
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Almost eight hours after a former militant was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Monday ordered a time-bound enquiry and convened a meeting of the Unified Headquarters on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

Mufti Sayeed has issued directions to the Home Department for stepping up investigations and providing secure environment to all civilians, an official handout said today.

"The matter (killing of civilians) is also scheduled to be discussed in the meeting of the Unified Headquarters, which has been convened on June 17 later this week," the handout said.

It added that police has taken all possible steps to fast-track investigation into all the relevant aspects of the incidents and has set up special monitoring mechanism to keep track of proper investigation. 

The Government is making all out efforts to ensure the safety and security of the innocent civilians, a spokesman said.

A former militant, Aijaz Ahmad Reshi was shot dead in Mandji area of the town at around 8:30 am today.

This is the second killing in two consecutive days and overall fifth killing in the area in past three weeks.

Nobody has claimed the responsibility of the attack so far.

Another former militant and father-of-two Mehraj-u-din Dar was shot from point blank range at his shop in the town on Sunday morning. He breathed his last at a hospital in the town.

Earlier, a shopkeeper Khurshid Ahmad was killed at his shop in Bomai area of Sopore while a Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist Sheikh Altaf-ur-Rehman was shot dead on Tuesday, June 9.

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has blamed "Indian agencies" for carrying out killings and attacks in Sopore.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of Hurriyat (M), besides former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah have blamed the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's statement in which he justified the use of 'Ikhwanis' to fight militancy in the region.  

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