Hyderpora Was A Botched Up Operation, Mehbooba Says

SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said the clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to forces in the Hyderpora encounter was not surprising and alleged that the inquiry was to “cover-up a botched operation”.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Mehbooba Mufti wrote, “SIT’s clear chit to armed forces in Hyderpora encounter isn’t surprising. It was purely a charade to cover up a botched up operation & absolve those culpable for killing innocent civilians. How can one expect justice when they  themselves are judge, jury & executioner?”

Earlier, Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Jammu and Kashmir police, headed by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sujit Kumar Singh, gave a clean chit to the forces that carried out the November 16 Hyderpora operation.

The Gupkar alliance also termed the SIT report “concocted” and a “cover-up”. “Today’s press briefing of J&K police about last month’s Hyderpora tragic incident is only a repetition of an old story. It does not even slightly give any objective picture of this shocking incident,” its spokesman M.Y. Tarigami said.

There was a strong public perception that the civilians killed in the incident were made human shields by security forces and the latest statement of the police seemed to be an concocted cover-up story, he stated.

“It will not suffice the legitimate concerns of the people at large and the families of the slain victims. The alliance firmly believes that nothing short of a credible judicial probe will clear the doubts. The administration must ,without any further delay, order a time-bound judicial probe,” he added.

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