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Lawaypora Encounter: LG promises appropriate answer at appropriate time

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Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday said he will give an “appropriate answer” after looking into the facts in connection with Lawaypora encounter in Srinagar in which three suspected militants were killed by security forces.

He said that he is looking into the facts that have come to him.

“All facts are coming to us. I am personally looking into the issue. At appropriate time, we will give you an appropriate answer,” Sinha said in response to a question at a press conference.

A journalist had asked him whether the government will order a probe into the Lawaypora encounter and return the bodies to the families in a bid to do justice. The families are demanding the return of bodies and probe into the encounter.

Security forces had said three local militants were killed in the encounter. Their families, however, said the youths killed in the encounter were civilians.

Sinha further said that if there is any suspicion, a probe will be done.

“But Jammu and Kashmir is a sensitive union territory. I feel there is a need to maintain a fine balance (in bid to ensure the morale of forces does not fall),” he said.

Replying to a question about restoration of 4G services in Jammu and Kashmir, the LG said, “There is a committee examining the issue. Hopefully, there will be good news soon in the coming days.”

In response to another question about regional discrimination, he said that Kashmir and Jammu regions are two eyes and there will be no regional and religious discrimination with any region.

On rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, Sinha said that he has met and talked to various leaders of the community and whatever is needed will be done for their rehabilitation.

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