DGP says will probe families' claims

Director General of Police Dilbag Singh today said that if they find anything in the claims of the families of three youths killed in Srinagar, who police said were militants, they will initiate investigation.

“But many times parents do not know where their children have gone. Whether they have gone to the same place they are told or somewhere else? If there is firing at a place and you claim that your child was in the university to fill-up the form, then what was the justification of the child being at the encounter site,” the DGP said while speaking to media at Police Headquarters in Jammu.

“I have listened to the media briefing by the GOC of Kilo Force in which he had shown how the encounter was carried out. However, we will look into the claims of the family members of the slain suspected militants. If we find anything in it, we will investigate it accordingly, though I consider that the operation was conducted properly,” he added.

The General Officer Commanding (GoC), Kilo Force, H S Sahi had told the media in Srinagar that they had killed three militants in an encounter in Srinagar.

“I have no reason to dispute that what he has said could be wrong. It is not essential that every militant is in your list. If the youth absconds from the home, and then his family members come to police to report his missing or you get to know from the sources and then, the name is listed,” the DGP responded to a question when asked that the police had claimed that the slain militants were not in their list.

Besides instigating militancy in J&K, the DGP said, Pakistan was trying to flare-up communal tension. “However, the people and security forces have defeated their evil designs.”

“No one has joined militancy from any of the districts in Jammu region. However, three militants still exist in Kishtwar district. We are after them to trace them down,” he said.