‘Charade to cover up a botched up operation’: Mehbooba on Hyderpora gunfight probe

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Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti termed the probe conducted into the Hyderpora gunfight by special investigation team (SIT) of police ‘a charade to cover up a botched up operation.’

The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir while taking to her Twitter handle said, “SIT’s clear chit to armed forces in Hyderpora encounter isn’t surprising. It was purely a charade to cover up a botched up operation & absolve those culpable for killing innocent civilians. How can one expect justice when they themselves are judge, jury & executioner?”

Mehbooba’s remarks came after police gave clean chit to government forces involved in the alleged gunfight that ran into controversies after families of those killed contested police claims of the slain having militant ties.

On Tuesday, SIT incharge DIG Central Kashmir Sujit Kumar Singh  told media men that Altaf Bhat was made a human shield by the foreign militant Bilal Bhai, while Dr Gull was killed by foreign militant and that Amir Magray of Ramban was also a militant who was killed in the gunfight.

The Hyderpora gunfight took place on 15 November in which four persons—a foreign militant Bilal Bhai, a youth from Ramban Amir Magray, building owner Altaf Bhat and Dr Mudasir Gul were killed. The bodies of Bhat and Dr Gul were exhumed after three days from Handwara graveyard and handed over to their families for burial.

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