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Lawaypora encounter: Families demand SIT probe, asks govt to break silence

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‘Either prove our kin militants or return bodies’

Jahangeer Ganaie

Pulwama, Jan 14: The three families from South Kashmir, whose kins were killed in Lawaypora encounter on 30 December last year, Thursday demanded a special investigation team (SIT) probe into the killing.

The three youth namely Athar Mushtaq resident of Bellow Pulwama, Aijaz Ahmad resident of Putrigam Pulwama and Zubair Ahmad lone were killed in an encounter at Lawaypora in the outskirts of Srinagar on 30 December. While as police and army claimed that the trio were militants, their families claimed trio were innocent and killed in a staged encounter.

The trio’s family also asked authorities to break silence on the encounter and either prove their wards militants or return the bodies.

Mushtaq Wani, father of Athar Mushtaq, while talking with news agency—KNO questioned the government’s silence on the issue.

“Two weeks have passed but no investigation has been ordered. We too were silent as we had given time to the authorities to prove that our sons were militants but they have failed to do so,” Wani said. “Authorities must start the investigation at the earliest.”

Family members of Zubair Ahmad also said that if any way authorities can prove their son was a  militant, they will never seek his body.

“However, if they have failed to get single evidence against him, then they must return his body and punish the culprits who killed him,” they said.

Mohammed Maqbool, father of Aijaz Ahmad also echoed the same voice and said that authorities must come clear and break the silence.

The families of the trio also said that if they were hardcore OGWs then there would have been at least a single FIR registered against them.

“If they would have joined militant ranks, they would have called their families once that they got trapped but we didn’t receive any call in 18-hour encounter,” they said.

“Trio were innocent and were killed in a fake encounter,” they said while requesting authorities to constitute SIT and investigate the matter besides return their dead bodies.

Earlier, Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha said that J&K that he will come up with facts about the Lawaypora encounter at an “appropriate time.”

“Let me tell you that J&K is a very sensitive UT. I have noted all versions including that of forces’ and the families of the (slain trio). I will come up with facts before you at an appropriate time,” he said

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Encounter starts in Chanapora, Sgr

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(Asian News Hub) – An encounter broke out between Security forces and militants in Chanapora area of Srinagar on Thursday evening, police said.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), police in a tweet informed that the gunfight has started in Chanapora area this evening, saying that the police and security forces are on the job.

“#Encounter has started at #Chanapora area of #Srinagar. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

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Centre to send more forces to J&K

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(Asian News Hub) – The central government has decided to move extra forces to Jammu and Kashmir amid targetted killings and encounters between security forces and militants.

Quoting sources News18 reported, the official announcement of sending soldiers will be made soon to send about 25 companies of troops to Jammu and Kashmir to give security to civilians and help other forces to eliminate militants.

They said that the additional companies CRPF will be arranged mannerly. They will be sent in phases. 10 companies will be sent to J&K, while in the next two phases, the remaining 15 will be dispatched.

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In a high-level meeting, the decision was taken in view of the current situation. ‘Almost two dozen CRPF companies will be moving to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country in view of the current situation. Soon, an official communication will be released to move these troops,’ News18 reported quoting sources in the government.

Arrangements for the accommodation, transportation etc have already begun. The process of informing companies who will be going to J&K has also started.

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‘The step was decided in a high-level meeting. Arrangements will be made soon and after that, an official communication will be released in a few days,’ the official claimed as per News18.


DG CRPF Kuldiep Singh is already in Jammu and Kashmir monitoring operations and the situation along with other top officials of the biggest paramilitary force.

It is expected that the DG would remain there till Home Minister Amit Shah reaches J&K for his visit from October 23-25.

On Wednesday, four unidentified militants were killed in separate encounters with security forces in the Shopian and Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army’s longest operation in the last 10 years is going on in Mandher sector.

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Won’t allow disruption of peace; damage to communal fabric of J&K at any cost: DGP Dilbagh Singh

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Says selected killings were aimed to trigger communal fissures, those involve to be dealt with sternly; pays homage to 375 police, security forces killed in last one year

(Asian News Hub) – Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Thursday said that killing of civilians and minority community members in J&K was a move to disrupt peace and to trigger a communal fissure in UT ‘but police and security forces will foil all such plans and won’t allow militants to succeed.”

Addressing the police commemoration day function at armed police complex Zewan in Srinagar, the DGP said that some militants while acting on the advice of their mentors across the LoC resorted to disruption of peace by killing civilians and members of minority community. “These selected killings were aimed at triggering communal fissures in Kashmir. Police and other forces acted swiftly to foil the designs of militants and their mentors,” he said as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “We will not allow disruption of peace and damage to the communal fabric of J&K at any cost.”

Also Read: Won’t rest till we root-out militancy from J&K soil: LG Manoj Sinha

He said killing of civilians was not just to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere but also hit the livelihood of common masses of Kashmir and the tourism as well. “We have given a befitting reply to the enemies of peace and will continue to do that,” the DGP said.

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He said that this year so far 370 policemen and other security forces personnel were killed in line of duty across India. The DGP paid rich tributes to all the policemen killed in line of action stating that police are committed to protect the integrity of country and to keep the peace intact in J&K.

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