A Special Investigation Team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police probing final month’s encounter in Srinagar’s Hyderpora has concluded that two civilians – a physician and a businessman – had been both used as human shields by terrorists or killed by terrorists.
The SIT had earlier stated each Dr Mudasir Gul and businessman Altaf Bhat had been harbouring terrorists or concealing details about terrorist presence in a industrial advanced the place the encounter was carried out on November 15. The constructing was owned by Mr Bhat.
In keeping with the police, 4 folks together with a international terrorist had been killed in the course of the encounter. The households allege that three civilians had been killed in a staged encounter and had been used as human defend by the safety forces. The police stated the third native, Amir Margay, who was working at Dr Mudasir Gul’s workplace, was an in depth affiliate of killed Pakistani terrorist.
The SIT is headed by Sujit Kumar, Deputy Inspector Normal of Police, Srinagar. Mr Kumar denied that he led the Hyderpora encounter and that there was a battle of curiosity by heading the SIT probe.
“Maybe the international terrorist acquired directions from outdoors that Dr Mudasir could have been behind the encounter. On this suspicion, he killed Dr Mudasir Gul within the attic,” stated Mr Kumar.
“After killing Dr Mudasir, they used Altaf Bhat as a human defend whereas attempting to flee. Within the ensuing firing, Altaf Bhat was hit by a bullet. His physique was discovered on the terrace with Amir Margay,” the SIT chief stated.
Mr Kumar stated the Military and the Central Reserve Police Power or CRPF had been additionally a part of the Hyderpora encounter and it was the Military unit which offered the enter concerning the presence of terrorists. That is for the primary time when the Military was a part of an encounter within the Srinagar metropolis. Thus far, solely police and CRPF have been finishing up anti-terrorists operations in metropolis areas.
The police additionally defended releasing findings of the SIT probe when a magisterial probe ordered by the federal government has not been made public. “It is not going to affect the probe by further district Justice of the Peace. The magisterial probe report has already been despatched to judicial Justice of the Peace as mandated underneath regulation,” stated Mr Vijay Kumar, Inspector Normal of Police.
The SIT chief stated that Altaf Bhat and Dr Mudasir volunteered to assist search the constructing when safety forces launched the operation. However each did not inform them terrorists had been hiding inside.
“We requested Altaf sahib if he was certain that nobody is inside. He and Dr Mudasir stated nobody is contained in the constructing. Altaf requested Dr Mudasir come and let’s present them (safety forces) that nobody is inside constructing. He appeared assured. He did not even ask for bulletproof jacket after volunteering to for search the constructing,” stated Sujit Kumar.
On the loss of life of the third civilian, Amir Margay, the SIT chief admitted he was initially let go after searches. Amir Margay left the constructing and as a substitute of fleeing, he waited at a close-by hospital, Mr Kumar stated. He added that after a half an hour, they referred to as him again and requested him to go looking rooms to search out if anybody is hiding within the constructing. “He feigned ignorance and stated nobody is inside. Amir was uncovered after he was seen with the Pak terrorist inside and he additionally fired,” stated Mr Kumar.
The SIT, Mr Kumar stated, have collected technical, forensic proof and recorded statements of 20 protected witnesses concerning the encounter and involvement and complicity of individuals killed within the encounter.
Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stated the SIT probe is a canopy up.
“SIT’s clear chit to armed forces in Hyderpora encounter is not stunning. It was purely a charade to cowl up a botched up operation & absolve these culpable for killing harmless civilians. How can one count on justice once they themselves are decide, jury & executioner?” Ms Mehbooba tweeted.