Srinagar: The J&K police has blamed militants for killing a Hurriyat activist, Hakeem-ur-Rehman Sultani, in Bomai area of Sopore on September 8 this year.
In reply to a petition filed by rights activist, Ahsan Untoo, in the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), a police report submitted on Wednesday said that Sultani was killed by a group of militants, some of whom have been identified.
The police report stated that on September 8, Police Station Bomai received a “reliable information” that a group of militants including Liyaqat Ahmed, Abdul Majeed Mir, Abdul Gani Khawaja, Furqan Rashid Lone and others had fired on Sultani at Bomia, Sopore.
The attackers managed to flee from the spot leaving the person critically injured. However, he later succumbed at the hospital.
The report added that that two of the militants involved in the attack, identified as Liyaqat Ahmed and Furqan Rashid Lone were killed in an encounter with government forces on October 11 at Guloora, Handwara while as another, Abdul Majeed Mir of Tujjar was killed in Nowpora Tujjar on October 25. The report said that efforts were on to identify other militants involved in the attack.
Sultani, a resident of Reshipora was shot outside his home in Bomai Sopore on September 8. On the same day, Untoo filed a petition before the SHRC, on which, the Commission issued notice to SSP and Deputy Commissioner Sopore to file a report on the killing.
The police report also said that 43-year-old Sultani was affiliated with the Congress from 2002 to 2008 and later joined Hurriyat Conference (G).
Meanwhile Untoo told Kashmir Reader that the police report was not a “gospel truth”.
“We want an enquiry to be conducted by High Court judge as unidentified gunmen cannot be blamed for civilian killings.”