I have no faith in magisterial probes, neither do people: NC Minister

Srinagar: Terming the magisterial probe ordered by the government into the Bandipora teenager’s killing as a “futile exercise,” National Conference senior leader and Minister for Higher Education Muhammad Akbar Lone Monday said a sitting or retired High Court judge should probe the incident.
“I know what will be the result of magisterial probe. It is a futile exercise. We all know what happened to Markandal probe( ordered into the killing of two youth by Army soldiers last year in Bandipora) . I don’t have faith in such commissions and even people have lost faith in such commissions,” Lone was quoted as saying by  a local news agency.
“I am not concerned whether the teenager Farhat Dar was killed by Indian Reserve Policemen, Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF or Army. I only know that it was a cold-blooded murder and men in uniform killed him. Stringent punishment should be awarded to the killers and no escape route should be provided to them,” he said.
Lone said that men in uniform were involved both in Markandal and Naidkhai killings. “The only difference is that former occurred during night while the latter in broad daylight,” he said.
Lone said the magisterial  probes are a time-buying exercise,   ordered to “cool down  people.” “Multiple Commissions were formed to probe the innocent killings but results are before us as culprits were never indicted and exposed,” Lone said.
“It is the high time that the  government appoint a sitting or retired judge to  probe this killing,” he said.

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