A judicial inquiry will be conducted by a retired judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court into the death of four persons in a firing incident by the Central Reserve Police Force [CRPF] at Gagran, Shopian, on September 7, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday.

In his reply to the three-hour long special discussion on what the opposition called ‘innocent civilian killings by security forces’, Mr Abdullah declared in the Legislative Assembly that a retired judge of the State High Court will be engaged to conduct an investigation into the death of four youths in Shopian. Law Secretary Mohammad Ashraf Mir later revealed to The Hindu that the Government will issue the formal order of the judicial inquiry, only after seeking the consent of a retired High Court judge in the next three days.

Retired High Court judge R.C. Gandhi is currently holding a time-bound inquiry into the communal riots of Kishtwar, Jammu.

Two persons had died and over a hundred shops and vehicles had been destroyed in the communal riots on the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr on August 9.

Curfew had paralysed life for several days, both in Kishtwar and Shopian.

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