Hyderpora encounter: Omar Abdullah levels sit-in, LG orders magisterial inquiry; and extra

“A magisterial inquiry by officer of ADM rank has been ordered in the Hyderpora encounter. Government will take suitable action as soon as report is submitted in a time-bound manner. J-K admin reiterates the commitment of protecting lives of innocent civilians and it will ensure there is no injustice,” the LG’s workplace tweeted. 

The improvement got here after households of these killed disputed police claims stating that at the very least three of the 4 deceased — Altaf Ahmad Bhat, Dr Mudassir Gul and Aamir Magray — have been harmless. On Monday night time, J&Okay Police claimed that two militants, together with an over-ground employee (OGW) and the proprietor of the business constructing the place the encounter came about, have been killed in a gunfight. The police mentioned they’d busted a terror module.

Late on Wednesday, the J&Okay Police had forcefully eliminated the households holding a candlelight vigil at Srinagar’s Press Enclave in search of the return of our bodies of their kin.

All 4 our bodies have been buried in Handwara, greater than 70 kilometres from Srinagar.

Here’s all the pieces that has occurred up to now

The ‘encounter’

Earlier this week, whereas addressing a press convention, Inspector General (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar mentioned Altaf Ahmad, proprietor of a constructing on Hyderpora bypass, had offered three rooms on the highest flooring to Dr Mudasir Gul who ran an actual property enterprise.

Security personnel throughout an encounter with militants at Hyderpora, in Srinagar, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (PTI)

“He (Gul) was running a fake/unauthorised call centre from here. One of the rooms was being used as a militant hideout,” he mentioned.

According to the IG, police acquired inputs Monday afternoon in regards to the presence of militants near Hyderpora bypass.

“Forces laid a cordon and started search operations. There are three rooms on the top floor. We did not know the exact location, so we called the owner of the building (Altaf) and the person who had rented the place (Gul) and was running his business from there.”

Security personnel atop a automobile throughout an encounter with militants at Hyderpora, in Srinagar, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (PTI)

Kumar mentioned “both knocked on the door but the militants did not answer. After a while, they knocked again and this time militants opened the door and fired from a pistol. Our people also fired in self-defence.”

He mentioned makes an attempt have been made to rescue the 2 civilians. But “they were standing at a difficult spot and were injured in the pistol fire from the militants. Both succumbed and the two militants were also killed,” he mentioned.

Of the 2 militants, the police claimed, one is “probably a Pakistani militant” named Ali Alias Bilal Bhai or Haider. The second militant, they mentioned, was an area resident from Banihal space of Kashmir.

The police additionally mentioned they recovered two pistols, three magazines from the room.

Contesting claims, protest by households

As reported by The Indian Express, the household of the constructing proprietor mentioned his actual identify was Altaf Ahmad Bhat. An eyewitness to the incident additionally mentioned safety individuals in plain garments first approached the constructing and requested store homeowners to down the shutters. About 30 folks, the eyewitness mentioned, have been herded into a bike showroom about 50 metres from the constructing.

“Our phones were taken away at about 5.30 pm, just after they laid the cordon, and not returned till after 12.30 am,” one of many eyewitness mentioned.

At least three eyewitnesses mentioned Altaf and Gul have been taken by the safety individuals to the constructing. “The second time, 20 minutes after the first, we heard gunshots and then they did not come back,” one in all them instructed The Indian Express.

On Wednesday, the households of Altaf and Gul, throughout protest at Press Enclave within the metropolis, demanded their our bodies be returned to them as they weren’t militants or OGWs.

A woman weeps after her father Mohammad Altaf Bhat, the proprietor of the constructing, was killed in Srinagar, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP)

Speaking to reporters, Altaf Bhat’s brother Abdul Majeed mentioned as a ‘numberdar’ (income official), he stays in fixed contact with the police and they might have knowledgeable him if his brother was concerned in militancy.

Reactions from political events

Political events within the Valley condemned the killings and demanded a probe into the encounter.

The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) demanded a judicial probe into the Hyderpora encounter on Thursday, saying the inquiry ordered by the LG “cannot be fair”.

Omar Abdullah, Jammu & Kashmir National Conference Vice President and former chief minister, with occasion leaders throughout a sit-in protest demanding a probe into the killings of civilians Altaf Ahmad Bhat & Mudasir Gul and the return of their our bodies, in Srinagar, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. (PTI)

According to information company PTI, a number of PAGD leaders, besides PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, met on the residence of National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah to debate the “unfortunate situation” arising out of the “killing of three innocent civilians” at Hyderpora.

“The PAGD leaders also appeal to the people and leadership of the country to rise in defence of the democratic rights of citizens of India from Jammu and Kashmir as well. There is a need to share this pain of Kashmir before it is too late,” CPI(M) chief Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami mentioned.

Members of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference protest demanding the return of useless our bodies of civilians in Srinagar, Nov 18, 2021. (AP)

Meanwhile, National Conference chief Omar Abdullah staged a sit-in demanding the return of our bodies of these killed.

“We are sitting right here peacefully. If we needed, we might have blocked roads, bridges, however no. There has been no sloganeering, no regulation and order disturbance and no street has been blocked.

“We are not raising voice against the government, we just demand that the bodies be returned,” Abdullah was quoted as saying by PTI.

PDP chief and former CM Mehbooba Mufti additionally demanded a probe into the incident.

“Using innocent civilians as human shields, getting them killed in cross firing & then conveniently labelling them as OGWs is part of GOI’s rulebook now. Imperative that a credible judicial enquiry is done to bring out the truth and put an end to this rampant culture of impunity,” she mentioned on Twitter.

Mufti additionally claimed she was put underneath home arrest, whereas two of her occasion colleagues have been arrested by the police.