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Hyderpora operation: Mehbooba protests near Raj Bhavan, seeks apology from L-G Manoj Sinha

People Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti, along with party workers, stage a protest demanding a probe in the Hyderpora encounter, in Jammu on on November 17, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday led a rally from her residence in Gupkar Road to the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar in protest against the alleged “killings of civilians” during an operation by the security forces in the capital’s Hyderpora area on November 15.

Her supporters were seen raising slogans and demanding “an end to the bloodshed of innocents”.

“The bloodshed should be brought to an end in J&K, especially the valley. Justice should be delivered to the victims’ families. Amir’s body should also be handed over back to the family,” Ms. Mufti said.

Amir Magray working as an office boy in the building where the operation was carried out. His family hails from Jammu’s Ramban area.

“Where is the body of the militant? Where is the picture of the dead militant?” Ms. Mufti asked, saying it seemed as if no miltant had been killed.

Ms. Mufi also demanded an apology from Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Manoj Sinha over the incident.

PDP leaders accompanying Ms. Mufti also demanded justice for the three civilians allegedly found dead at the encounter site.

So far, the police have handed over the bodies of two civilians to their families for burial in Srinagar.

Earlier this week, Ms. Mufti claimed that she had been placed under house arrest when she decided to join the protesting families.

Four persons — three “civilians” and a non-local militant — were killed in a joint operation of the Army and the police in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area.

“An incident has taken place regarding law and order and those found guilty will not be spared,” L-G Sinha said in Jammu on Saturday.

A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the Hyderpora incident by the Government.


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