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J&K Cabinet orders removal of controversial CRPF camp

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Geelani issues a fresh shutdown calendar over death of five persons in Shopian

Security personnel patrolled deserted street in curfew-bound Shopian in Srinagar on Thursday.— Photo: NISSAR AHMAD
Security personnel patrolled deserted street in curfew-bound Shopian in Srinagar on Thursday.— Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

With curfew continuing in three districts in South Kashmir, where protesters clashed with the police and the separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani issuing a fresh shutdown calendar over the death of five persons in Shopian, the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet on Thursday ordered removal of the controversial Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) camp.

The Cabinet meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, according to authoritative sources, ordered replacement of the CRPF camp at Gagran, Shopian, with a contingent of the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police. The Cabinet was displeased and concerned over the fact that the police leadership was groping in the dark on the identity of one of the four persons killed in the September 7 shootout.

Dismayed over the fact that there was “no clarity on the facts of the case even after five days of the incident”, the Cabinet asked Director-General of Police Ashok Prasad to ensure that the person killed in the CRPF firing at Gagran was identified “within the next 48 hours.” “A judicial enquiry, to be conducted by a sitting judge of the High Court, may be ordered thereafter in case the facts are not established”, an official release later said.

Divisional Commissioner Shailendar Kumar has simultaneously appointed Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate of Shopian Bashir Ahmad Bhat as the enquiry officer for investigating the circumstances that led to the death of four persons on September 7 and one more person on September 11.

Even as the police clarified that three of the four persons killed on September had no militant or subversive records, it suspected that the fourth person was none other than the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s most wanted Pakistani commander Abdullah Haroon. It claimed to have seized from the spot one pistol, two hand grenades, a diary and a cellphone with Pakistani and Indian SIM cards—claiming that it also contained video footage of the two recent militant attacks in which Haroon and his associates shot dead two personnel and decamped with their guns in the Kulgam area.


  • Divisional Commissioner appoints Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate of Shopian as enquiry officer

  • ‘Judicial enquiry by a sitting judge of the High Court may be ordered’



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