Sopore: Omar Abdullah Demands Time Bound Probe

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SRINAGAR: National Conference Party Vice President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday expressed outrage over the killing of a youth Irfan Ahmed Dar in Sopore’s Tujjar area, seeking a time-bound probe into the circumstances leading to the death.

Painful Mourning: A child consoling a close relative of Irfan Ahmad Dar, the Sopore youth who died after his arrest by police on September 16, 2020. Photo: Junaid Bhat

While expressing shock over the incident, Omar in a statement said that there were contrasting versions of the circumstances leading to the killing of a young man, who the police are claiming had escaped from their hold during a search operation. The family of the deceased has a different view, he said, necessitating for an impartial and time-bound inquiry into the circumstances leading to his killing.

“The administration cannot possibly win back the confidence of the people if encounters like Shopian or suspicious killings like the one that has taken place in Sopore continue to take place incessantly, or are allowed to pass without the facts being established and guilty when determined fully punished,” he said in a statement.

He impressed upon the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to personally ensure that the circumstances behind the mysterious killing of a young man are brought to light and guilty, if any, dealt stringently under law. He said that such incidents have no place in a civilized society and that honor and dignity of life should be respected at any cost.

He also said such incidents would only add to the ever-increasing gulf of mistrust between the government and the people.

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