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 – have been both used as human shields by terrorists or killed by terrorists.
The SIT had earlier mentioned each Dr Mudasir Gul and businessman Altaf Bhat have been harbouring terrorists or concealing details about terrorist presence in a business complicated the place the encounter was carried out on November 15. The constructing was owned by Mr Bhat.
In response to the police, 4 folks together with a international terrorist have been killed through the encounter. The households allege that three civilians have been killed in a staged encounter and have been used as human protect by the safety forces. The police mentioned 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 exterior that Dr Mudasir could have been behind the encounter. On this suspicion, he killed Dr Mudasir Gul within the attic,” mentioned Mr Kumar.
“After killing Dr Mudasir, they used Altaf Bhat as a human protect whereas making an attempt 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 mentioned.
Mr Kumar mentioned the Military and the Central Reserve Police Pressure or CRPF have been additionally a part of the Hyderpora encounter and it was the Military unit which offered the enter in regards to 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 below legislation,” mentioned Mr Vijay Kumar, Inspector Normal of Police.
The SIT chief mentioned 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 have been hiding inside.
“We requested Altaf sahib if he was positive that nobody is inside. He and Dr Mudasir mentioned 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,” mentioned Sujit Kumar.
On the demise of the third civilian, Amir Margay, the SIT chief admitted he was initially let go after searches. Amir Margay left the constructing and as an alternative of fleeing, he waited at a close-by hospital, Mr Kumar mentioned. He added that after a half an hour, they referred to as him again and requested him to look rooms to seek out if anybody is hiding within the constructing. “He feigned ignorance and mentioned nobody is inside. Amir was uncovered after he was seen with the Pak terrorist inside and he additionally fired,” mentioned Mr Kumar.
The SIT, Mr Kumar mentioned, have collected technical, forensic proof and recorded statements of 20 protected witnesses in regards to the encounter and involvement and complicity of individuals killed within the encounter.
Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti mentioned the SIT probe is a canopy up.
“SIT’s clear chit to armed forces in Hyderpora encounter is not shocking. 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 choose, jury & executioner?” Ms Mehbooba tweeted.