HYDERPORA ENCOUNTER | Govt orders magisterial probe

The government has appointed Additional District Magistrate Srinagar as an Inquiry Officer (IO) to probe the incident and directed him to submit the report within 15 days.
HYDERPORA ENCOUNTER | Govt orders magisterial probe
Army personnel on standby during a 'gunfight' between militants and security forces at Hyderpora area of uptown Srinagar on Monday November 15, 2021. Habib Naqash for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: The government on Thursday ordered a magisterial probe into the encounter that took place at Hyderpora in Srinagar on November 15, after three families claimed that their deceased kin were civilians.

The government has appointed Additional District Magistrate Srinagar as an Inquiry Officer (IO) to probe the incident and directed him to submit the report within 15 days.

"A magisterial inquiry by an officer of ADM rank has been ordered in the Hyderpora encounter. Government will take suitable action as soon as the report is submitted in a time-bound manner. JK admin reiterates commitment of protecting lives of innocent civilians & it will ensure there is no injustice," said an official statement.

The magisterial probe was ordered amidst protests by the family members of three of the four persons killed in the encounter on Monday.

The family members claimed that Altaf Ahmad Bhat, the owner of the building where the encounter occurred was innocent. The family of Dr Mudasir Gull, who as per police was an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of the militants, claimed that he was a tenant in the building where the encounter occurred and used to operate a business. Family of Amir Magray has also claimed that he was a civilian, while all four families have been protesting against the killings and demanding return of their bodies for proper burial.

It may be mentioned that all the four killed in the encounter were buried in the Handwara area of Kupwara district.

Subsequently, hours after the announcement, District Magistrate Srinagar, Muhammad Aijaz Asad appointed Additional District Magistrate Srinagar Khurshid Ahmad Shah as an inquiry officer into the Hyderpora encounter and asked him to submit the report within 15 days.

“Whereas, an encounter took place at Hyderpora National Highway near Classic Hospital, Srinagar in the intervening night of 15-11-2021 and 16-11-2021,” reads an order by the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar.

"Whereas case (FIR vide No. 193/2021) on November 16 has been registered in Police Station Sadder, Srinagar “which discloses death of four persons including (militants) in the encounter, and is under investigation by an SIT” reads the order.

“It has been felt expedient to conduct a magisterial inquiry into the matter-so as to ascertain the facts and circumstances related to the incident and the cause of death,” the order copy reads, adding, “In exercise of the powers conferred under Section 176 of CrPC,Khurshid Ahmad Shah (KAS) Additional District Magistrate, Srinagar is appointed inquiry officer to to conduct a magisterial inquiry in the above mentioned incident.”

The order mentions that the Inquiry Officer has been asked to submit his report within a period of 15 days.

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