In a startling revelation, Higher Education Minister Mohammad Akbar Lone Wednesday claimed that it was the informer of the Army, Manzoor Ahmed Sheikh, who showered bullets on Irfan Ahmed Ganie and killed him in cold blood at Markundal during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
“We hold Army responsible because it did not inform local police and laid a cordon on the behest of their ‘Source’ Manzoor Shiekh,” Lone told CNS on the sidelines of a function at SP College in Srinagar on Wednesday.
He said it is a fact that Manzoor used Army for his nefarious designs as few days back the Army Source had a brawl with the neighbours of the Irfan. “Army is equally responsible for this killing. First the Army equipped their source with weapon and when people started shouting ‘chor, chor, chor’ (thief), this Manzoor pumped bullets into the body of Irfan and killed him instantly,” Lone said adding that Army violated all norms by not informing local police that are going to laid a siege around Markundal, Sumbal.
Appealing people to repose trust and faith in Investigating Agency probing the killing of two youth, Higher Education Minister, Mohammad Akbar Lone said that guilty would be taken to task and no room would be given to culprits. “The Government has already registered a murder case under section 302 and the person who was working as a source for Army has been arrested. The vehicles used for the crime have already been seized,” he told CNS.
He said the matter is very serious and the police have already approached the General Officer Commanding 15 Corpus Gurmeet singh in this regard. “We assure people that there would be free and fair investigation and culprits would be booked at any cost. We are concerned about the reaction of people but our job is to go for a free and fair probe,” Lone said adding that we are ready to entrust the case to any agency whom people like to investigate.
Lone said that the government has full confidence in local police. “The track record of police is very good and they have ample experience in solving the case of such nature,” he said.
While replying to a question Higher Education Minister said that Omar Abdullah is repeatedly reminding New Delhi to address Kashmir issue amicably. “Our Chief Minister is right that development and economic packages can’t heal the wounds of Kahsmiri people. Kashmir is a political issue and needs to be addressed at any cost,” Lone said adding Government is mulling to provide jobs to any of the family members of the victims.