PALHALAN, KUPWARA KILLINGS: MHA concerned, forces asked to avoid such incidents

PALHALAN, KUPWARA KILLINGS:  MHA concerned, forces asked to avoid such incidents

“Such incidents could turn into unrest and that would not be allowed. We have asked forces that civilian deaths can’t be tolerated at all,” MHA official said.

Stressing that the Palhalan and Kupwara like incidents can lead to unrest, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has expressed concern over both the incidents and has asked security agencies to avoid such incidents. 

 “We have informed Jammu and Kashmir Government about our concern on Friday,” a senior MHA official told Greater Kashmir on the basis of anonymity. “We will get a detailed report about both the incidents from J&K Government”.
 

The forces, official said, have been asked to avoid such incidents.

 

“Such incidents could turn into unrest and that would not be allowed. We have asked forces that civilian deaths can’t be tolerated at all,” MHA official said.

 

“Incidents and prevailing situation in J&K is being monitored closely.”

 

The official said that over last two years, the situation in J&K was quite peaceful and satisfactory. “Both Parliament and Assembly elections were held peacefully. Such incidents can vitiate peaceful environment,” he said.        

 

The senior MHA official said that during the last Unified Headquarters Meeting held at Jammu in January, the senior officers of different security agencies were asked to avoid civilian killings and carry out anti-militancy operations without any collateral damage. 

 

Pertinently, Governor, N N Vohra has also directed stern action in the Palhalan and Kupwara incidents. Vohra had asked the J&K Director General of Police (DGP) for detailed reports on the two recent incidents. 

 

In Palhalan, 19 year old youth Farooq Ahmad Bhat was killed police firing while as in Kupwara a murder accused allegedly died in police custody. Both the incidents evoked violent protests for four consecutive days in Palhalan as well as in Kupwara.

 

To investigate, Palhalan incident, a magisterial inquiry is under way and police has promised exemplary punishment to security official found guilty. Police has said that they have registered an FIR against the  personnel. In Kupwara incident, police has said that they have arrested three cops.