Hokersar ‘gunfight’: Mehbooba writes to LG Sinha; seeks impartial probe, return of bodies
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Srinagar: The former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief, Mehbooba Mufti on Friday shot a letter to J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and urged him to initiate an impartial probe into the Hokersar ‘gunfight’, in which police claimed killing three militants on December 30.
In the letter, Mehbooba has said that the families should get a chance to perform last rites as per the wishes.
“I am sure you are aware of the unfortunate incident at Parimpora on 30th December. Three boys, the youngest being all of 17 years old were killed in what the family has alleged to be a staged gunfight. This incident has come close on the heels of an enquiry report that held an Army captain guilty and responsible for a fake encounter at Amshipora in Shopian. Again the three victims now established as innocent through an investigation were killed & later dubbed as militants,” Mehbooba wrote in the letter.
“You and I may not agree on most political matters that concern J&K but I am certain we agree that such incidents bring disrepute to the armed forces & are a grave violation of human rights,” she added.
“I am aware that the administration is apprehensive about returning their dead bodies to the families…One hopes that you will rethink this decision & allow them to get closure. A mother who grieves the sudden & tragic death of her beloved son shouldn’t be deprived of the last chance to see his face. Nor does she deserve to have to beg for his dead body,” the former chief minister said.
“I urge you to intervene & ensure that these families get a chance to perform the last rites as per their wishes. Questions are also looming over this encounter & there are conflicting versions & reports from police & the army. Justice can be served only if its swift & therefore I request you to initiate an impartial investigation into the matter immediately,” she demanded.