Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah described the death of the four civilians in the Border Security Force (BSF) firing at Dharam, in the Gool area of Ramban on Thursday, as “unacceptable.”

In an unusual statement of condemnation, Mr. Abdullah said, “It is unfortunate that despite costly lessons learnt in 2008 and 2010, some of us are determined to repeat our mistakes and use force against unarmed protesters. Such incidents risk throwing a peaceful atmosphere into jeopardy.”

“It is highly unacceptable to shoot at unarmed protesters just because they were reportedly protesting manhandling of an Imam of their area. There is no justification for this deplorable act. This demands the severest of condemnation in the strongest possible terms. Justice will be done and those involved in the ghastly incident will be brought to book”, Mr. Abdullah said.