Kupwara youth’s killing provides ammo to Oppn to fire salvos at Govt forces

parties including National Conference and Congress Sunday condemned the killing of civilian at Kupwara in army firing and asked the government forces to observe restraint.
NC expressed grief and shock over the killing of Asif Iqbal, the taxi driver in an incident of firing in Kupwara.
Strongly condemning the incident, former Chief Minister and National Conference working president, Omar Abdullah, termed the killing as a tragic and inconsolable loss and extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Demanding that the FIR registered by Police about this “tragic incident should be taken to its logical conclusion in a time-bound and transparent manner,” the NC working president said an un-investigated claim of a young life lost in ‘cross-firing’ shouldn’t be used to brush the incident under the carpet.
National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Vice President Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, NC District President Kupwara Qaiser Jamsheed Lone and Former Minister Mir Saifullah have also expressed grief and shock over the tragic loss of life and prayed for peace to the departed soul.
The Congress party also expressed deep sorrow over the killing. In a statement the Congress spokesperson while condemning the killing of sumo driver expressed deep sorrow and grief over this “unfortunate incident of killing of innocent person, who lost his life due to the firing by Army.”
He said that the government forces must ensure safety of innocent people while dealing with militant related activities, as killing of innocent people would deteriorate the situation in Valley. He emphasized that the incident of killing must be investigated thereby ensuring justice to the victim.
Congress spokesperson urged upon the government to provide full compensation to bereaved family, besides ensuring that no “innocent people is killed during anti militant operations by forces.’’
Expressing deep shock and grief over the killing of Asif Iqbal, CPI(M) leader and MLA Kulgam has said that such incidents could have been avoided if the security forces would have exercised maximum restraint.
In a statement issued here today, he said that the law enforcing agencies are refusing to draw lessons from previous such experiences and warned that such killing is bound to inflame the situation. He demanded an immediate end to this recklessness.
“Unfortunately no distinction is being made between the civilians and militants” CPI(M) leader said and demanded an immediate end to impunity to the government forces. He expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
After the killing, MLA Er Rashid carried out a protest march which started from main chowk Kralpora and passed through many roads over a distance of four kilometres. A large number of people including women and youth joined the procession chanting anti-army slogans and demanding immediate arrest of the “culprits” behind the killings. An AIP spokesman said that the procession reached the outskirts of Thandipora where police resorted to heavy shelling and arrested Rasheed along with others. After the tear gas shelling on the protestors, Rashid was lodged at police station Kralpora. In the scuffle many protesters sustained injuries, said the spokesman.