Omar demands SIT into Shopian killings

Omar demands SIT into Shopian killings
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Jammu: Former chief minister and leader of opposition Omar Abdullah on Friday demanded the constitution of a high-level special investigation team (SIT) to probe the killings of three civilians in army firing. He said given the history of the past years, no action has been taken against forces against whom cases were filed.
“You have assured the people of the state that FIR will be taken to conclusion. It is good. But till now, there has been no action on FIRs (registered against security forces in the past),” Omar said.
He said that since 2000, the state government had forwarded 50 requests to the Centre to give permission for prosecution of central security forces, particularly the Army, where “we have seen human right violations”.
“Forty-seven requests were rejected and three are still pending…This is our track record,” the former chief minister said.
Demanding Special Investigation Team (SIT) in Shopian killings, he said, the government should hand over the case to them for investigations.
“It will be my humble request to you to constitute high- level special investigation team (SIT) to probe both the FIRs (in Shopian incident). Please give orders to set up a high- level SIT and leave it to them to investigate,” Omar said in Assembly.
He was speaking on the grants of home, general administration, planning departments moved by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today.
Omar said that there was now a “battle” over two separate FIRs filed by the police and the Army, and that it would be difficult for a station house officer (SHO) to probe the matter.
He said that the magisterial probe, ordered by the state government after incident, would continue separately.
Omar said that the security situation was getting worse in the state.
He batted strongly for the grant of compensation to Farooq Ahmed Dar, who was tied to an Army jeep and paraded through nine villages on the day of bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
“The Army officer who tied him got award but this youth who voted in elections does not deserve even the compensation?” he wondered.
The former chief minister asked Mehbooba Mufti to advise her counterparts in New Delhi not to take decisions for the state from there and to consult the state leadership.