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Updated: June 21, 2010 21:09 IST

Omar vows to check human rights violations in J&K

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A relative of Javid Ahamed Malla, who was killed in the firing by security forces, wails during his funeral procession in Srinagar on Sunday.
AP A relative of Javid Ahamed Malla, who was killed in the firing by security forces, wails during his funeral procession in Srinagar on Sunday.

Condemning the death of a youth in police firing, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said the government will take steps to ensure that no human rights violation occurs in the State.

“Death of any innocent civilian is always a matter of concern and pain for any responsible government...We shall take all appropriate steps to ensure that no (further) human rights violation occurs,” Mr. Abdullah said on Sunday in a meeting with his legislators to discuss the law and order situation in the Old City in the aftermath of the incident.

One youth was killed and four others were injured on Sunday in a violence which broke out in the Old City as an agitated mob tried to set on fire a mobile bunker of CRPF in Noorbagh locality, prompting the paramilitary force to open fire.

“I have already directed the security forces to strictly follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure that no innocent lives are lost and no collateral damage is caused while dealing with law and order situations,” Mr. Abdullah said.

However, the government will not show any complacency in dealing with law and order situation and elements responsible for perpetrating stone pelting and other such incidents will be dealt with severely, he said.

The Chief Minister also appealed to the people to cooperate with the government in maintaining peace and order in the State.

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