Civilian killings unacceptable, says Mehbooba in Kupwara

Kupwara: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that no civilian should come in the harms’ way while dealing with law-and-order situations.
Mehbooba to Kupwara and chaired a high-level meeting to make an on-the-spot assessment of the situation that has arisen in wake of protest demonstrations, triggered by Tuesday’s incident at Handwara.
She also met with the victims’ families to offer her condolences and held an interaction with the prominent members of the civil society here to defuse the tense situation so that peace and normalcy is restored in the region.
Mehbooba said she had a telephonic conversation with Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, late last evening and also met Army Commander, Lt. Gen. D. S. Hooda, and told them that incidents like the ones at Handwara and Natnusa are unacceptable and come as a major setback to the efforts of the State government in consolidating peace dividends in the state. ]
“I have told Gen. Hooda to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with law-and-order situations,” she said, adding the Defence Minister has assured her of time-bound investigation into the unfortunate incidents that led to the death of civilians during protests at Handwara and Natnusa so that exemplary punishment is given to those found guilty,” she was quoted as saying in an official statement.

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