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Govt orders magisterial probe into Trehgam youth’s killing

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Police lodges FIR against Army

Kupwara, Jul 12: Government on Thursday ordered a magisterial probe into the killing of a young man in army firing last evening in Trehgam village of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, even as the police lodged an FIR  against the army.

Khalid Gaffar Malik, 22, was killed after Army used live ammunition against protesters in Trehgam area. Malik was sitting at his shop front when a bullet him in the neck, leading to his death.

District Magistrate (DM) Kupwara, Khalid Jehangir said that they have ordered an enquiry into the incident.

Additional District Commissioner (ADM), Handwara, Muzaffar Hussain has been appointed as the inquiry officer and asked to complete the probe within a month.

A police official said that an FIR has been lodged against the Army under Section 307 RPC (attempt to murder).

He said the FIR 46/2018 has been lodged under sections 147, 148, 323, 306, 307, RPC at Police Station Trehgam.

Meanwhile, thousands of people on Thursday participated in the last rites of the slain Malik.

Reports said that thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of Malik who was laid to rest at the local martyrs’ graveyard amid pro-freedom slogans.

Soon after his burial, youth took to streets hurled stones at the police and paramilitary CRPF personnel deployed in the area to impose curbs, reports said.

They said the forces fired teargas and pellets to disperse the protesters, leaving at least three youth injured.

Meanwhile, a spontaneous shutdown was also observed in Kupwara district. Reports said that all the shops and business establishments were closed while public transport remained off the roads.

The Internet service was also snapped since last night in parts of entire Kupwara districts and parts of Sopore tehsil.

All educational institutions also remained closed in the district today.

SHRC seeks report

Srinagar, Jul 12: The State Human Rights Commission has sought reports from Deputy Commissioner and SSP Kupwara on a petition, seeking directions to find “real facts” into the killing of Trehgam youth.

Hearing the petition (SHRC/234/Kup/2018 dated 12/07/2018) filed by human rights defender Mohammad Ahsan Untoo, Chairperson of SHRC, Justice (retd.) Bilal Nazki issued a notice to SSP Kupwara and Deputy Commissioner Kupwara and asked them to submit the detailed report before the commission by or before August 20.

Untoo was quoted as saying by local news agency GNS as saying that the SHRC has also sought an explanation on procedures adopted with regard to Standard Operating Procedure (SoP).

He says “gross violation of SOP in the Valley is the reason for non-stop deaths of civilians.”

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