Srinagar: Condemnations poured in on Sunday against the killing of a teenager in Police firing in Narbal area of Budgam on April 18.
17-year-old, Suhail Ahmad Sofi was killed and two others injured when police fired on a group of protesting youth from a close range at Narbal.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President G A Mir, in a statement, said that police personnel should not have opened fire.
“Killing of civilians and innocent persons is unacceptable and intolerable,” Mir said.
Mir termed the incident “very unfortunate” and asked the government to conduct an immediate probe into it.
The police personnel involved in the incident should be brought to book and punished as per law, he said, adding the injured persons should be provided free medical treatment.
Two policemen including an officer have been arrested in connection with the killing at Narbal while the SHO of the area has been attached for “lack of supervision”.
Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation president and chairman Kashmir economic alliance Haji Mohammed Yasin Khan also condemned the “continued killings of Kashmiri youth.”
He said youth in Narbal was killed when Kashmir was mourning the death of Tral youth. “Kashmiri youth are being killed one after another as if as a part of some deep rooted conspiracy. If our children continue to be unsafe then we can go to any extent. Those at the helm should realize it and refrain from testing our patience anymore,” Khan said in a statement.
He said there was no accountability in the government. “Such cosmetic measures like suspension of the murder accused won’t do. This cycle of impunity enjoyed by forces needs an immediate end,” Khan said.
The KTMF president said “no sane and civilized nation can ever be silent on such cold-blooded murders, which have become a routine in Kashmir.”
A delegation of Hurriyat Conference (M) leaders Sunday visited the Narbal area to express solidarity with the family members of the youth, Suhail Ahmad Sofi, who was killed in police firing on April 18.
In a statement, a spokesman said that a delegation led by Mukhtar Ahmad Waza held a protest demonstration against the killing of Sofi.
The spokesman said that Waza also addressed the protestors. “Government was annihilating the young generation of Kashmiris,” Waza was quoted in the statement.
Meanwhile, the spokesman said that another delegation of the party participated in the 30 hour-long hunger strike called by JKLF.
The spokesman said that the leaders expressed solidarity with JKLF chairman Mohammad yasin Malik.