Srinagar, Nov 18: J&K People's Conference Thursday held a protest in Srinagar to demand the handing over of bodies of two civilians killed in Monday’s gunfight in Hyderpora area of the city, and a judicial probe by a serving High Court Judge into the matter.
JKPC senior vice president Abdul Gani Vakil, senior leaders Khursheed Alam, Raja Aijaz, Sulaiman Bhat, youth functionaries Mudasir Karim, Mansoor Banday, Salman Bukhari along with scores of workers joined the protest in Srinagar today.
Speaking on the occasion, party's senior vice president Abdul Gani Vakil said that the Hyderpora encounter is "strife with doubts when seen with perception of neutrality and it's only after impartial or neutral probe that the recent turn of events would be justly perceivable to every citizen of this country beyond a reasonable doubt".
He demanded return of mortal remains of Altaf and Dr Mudasir Gul to their families as a first step in ensuring justice to the families.
"Our President Sajad Lone has already appealed to the Prime Minister for his personal intervention in ensuring justice is delivered to the families of the victims. The LG has ordered a probe by an ADM rank officer however we demand a judicial probe by a sitting judge so that neutrality in the investigation is beyond doubt. It is imperative to not only deliver justice but also mitigate all doubts about the impartiality of the probe. We stand in solidarity with the families of Altaf Bhat and Dr. Mudassir Gul and share their pain and agony in this hour of grief. We also appeal to every media outlet and civil society of India to raise this issue with utmost urgency and sincerity. ", he added.
PC Senior leader Khursheed Alam said that Prime Minister has to take responsibility of this matter and ensure that justice is delivered to the families of Altaf Bhat and Mudasir Gul.
"Prime Minister of India as a guardian should come forward and listen to the cries and woes of these families. Two daughters of this country are grieving and so is every conscience keeper of India. Their wailings and yearning for father needs your support at this critical juncture and your honourable self has to take responsibility for justice to be delivered starting with the return of the dead bodies for proper burial as per Islamic ways", he added.
Police said four people, including a foreign militant and his associate from J&K's Ramban district, were killed in the gunfight on Monday night. As per IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, Mohammad Altaf Bhat, the owner of the building where the gunfight took place and one Mudassir Gul, an OGW as per police were killed "in cross fire" a claim contested by their families. The families are demanding the bodies be returned to them for a proper burial. Police have buried the duo in far flung Handwara in north Kashmir's Kupwara citing "law and order".