Pulwama Killing: Probe Ordered, Highway Blocked



Bilal Ahmad Bhat
Bilal Ahmad Bhat

As thousands of people have disrupted the routine vehicular movement of the traffic on the highway near Awantipore, authorities in Srinagar announced a magisterial investigation into the killing of Bilal Ahmad.

Bilal Ahmad Bhat was killed when BSF opened fire on a protest in Malangpora near the IAF base in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. He was rushed to hospital in injured condition where he succumbed to his injuries.

The killing has impacted the overall situation in south Kashmir. Pampore was already on strike to commemorate the killing of Hurriyat leader Sheikh Aziz. Reports from Awantipore said the protestors are on road and it has impacted the routine moment of traffic.

In Srinagar, a spokesman of the government said magisterial investigations was ordered. He expressed “deep sorrow and anguish over loss of a precious human life”.

The spokesperson reiterated that the security forces have been asked to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with public protests, particularly to avoid causing physical harm to any civilian. He said the State Government has ordered time-bound investigation and inquiry into the incident to ensure that those who are guilty of the offence are brought to book and punished.

The official spokesperson conveyed the heartfelt sympathies on behalf of the Government to the family of the deceased youth, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, and prayed for peace to the departed soul.

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