Says only 4 persons were killed in forces ‘excesses’, excludes Saidapora’s Junaid
Srinagar: Only 76 people were killed in “violent protests” while 1059 persons were arrested, 318 of them under Public Safety Act, during the uprising in Kashmir Valley following the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani last year, the ruling PDP-BJP government stated in the assembly on Tuesday.
In reply to questions by Opposition members Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar and Er Abdul Rashid, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that only four persons died due to “excessive use of force, torture or harassment” by the government forces.
While the government named Farooq Ahmad, Suhail Ahmad Wani, both residents of Lethepora, Shabir Ahmad, a contractual lecturer from Khrew and Reyaz Ahmad Shah, an ATM-guard from Chattabal, the name of the 12-year-old Junaid Ahmad Akhoon from Saidapora is missing in the list.
The ruling PDP itself had demanded a time-bound probe into Junaid’s killing amid the claim by his family that the class 7 student was killed due to pellets near his home and had not been part of any protest.
Pakistan had termed the boy’s killing as “worst example of state terrorism”.
Mehbooba, who also heads the state’s home department, named police for killing Farooq and Suhail at Lethopra on 2 August last year. The duo was killed in firing by PSO of an ADC Ramban who de-boarded from vehicle and fired on the people “protesting peacefully” in the south Kashmir area. “The case is under investigation,” Mehbooba said.
Regarding Shabir, she said, soldiers of army’s 50 Rashtriya Rifles entered into village Shar Shali Khrew and “beaten up the people and abducted the victim, later on killed him allegedly in custody.” The case too is under investigation, she said.
With regard to the ATM guard whose pellet-riddled body was recovered by police personnel from Karanagar during the night between 2 and 3 August, she said, “unknown security forces” were involved and that the investigation was still underway.
Mehbooba also said that 2684 FIRs have been registered during the uprising till December 31 last year. “The cases are presently under investigation”.
She said 1059 persons were arrested till 22 December last and at present 469 are lodged in different jails. Those arrested include 1137 from Srinagar, 434 from Budgam, 481 Ganderbal, 490 Baramulla, 325 Sopore, 304 Kupwara, 210 Handwara, 267 Bandipora, 694 Anantnag, 266 Kulgam, 353 Awantipora and 392 from Shopian.
“318 persons are detained under the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act as on 29.12.2016,” she said without giving details about their age, saying “it is being ascertained from various sources.”
Further, she said, it would not be feasible to disclose the particulars of the detainees, “Keeping in view their security and the security of their families.” She said that there were 2690 incidents of stone pelting and two policemen also died during the uprising.