Baramulla: The families of two of the five persons killed by army and police during the past five days were not invited to meet chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday
Mehbooba visited Kupwara where, according to government spokesman, she met victims’ relatives and ‘civil society’ members at the Dak Bungalow.
Zahoor Ahmad Bhat, brother of Nayeem Qadir Bhat who was killed by army on Tuesday, told Kashmir Reader, “We were not invited nor we had any knowledge about her visit.”
The family of an elderly woman, Raja Begum of Langate who also died in army firing, was also not invited to meet Mehbooba.
Family members of Arif Hussain Dar, Mohammad Iqbal and Jehangeer Wani, who were killed in police and army firing, met Mehbooba and were reportedly assured of ‘justice’.
President Civil Society Kupwara Showkat Masoodi said though he had been invited, he did not meet Mehbooba in protest against the killings.
“None among the civil society members of Kupwara met Mehbooba. Only PDP, PC and NC workers met her. We have seen the fate of probes and investigations in the past. These are ordered only to defuse situation,” he said.
Uncle of slain youth Iqbal Farooq Peer, Ali Mohammad of Kupwara, said Mehbooba assured them of fair investigations and justice to the families.
Meanwhile, local journalists staged a sit-in after they were barred from covering the event. They said that only a reporter working with an Indian news channel was allowed inside Dak Bungalow.