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J&K Governor Malik promises probe

Governor Satya Pal Malik.

Governor Satya Pal Malik.  

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Into alleged torture of militant’s family by policemen highlighted by Mehbooba

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday promised a high-level probe into the alleged torture of some family members of a militant in the Valley as strict orders have been given to the forces not to harass families of terrorists.

The Governor made the remark a day after former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met a suspected militant’s sister, who was allegedly beaten up by police, and warned of “dangerous consequences” if harassment of militants’ families is not stopped.

“We have no fight with the families of the terrorists and had already passed strict orders to the forces not to indulge in excesses against them. If something like that happened as she (Mehbooba) is claiming, I will certainly order a high-level probe into it, the Governor told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Ex-CM’s tweet

Ms Mufti, after meeting the family in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday, tweeted, “Visited Patipora Pulwama where Rubina (whose brother happens to be a militant) was, along with her husband & brother, beaten mercilessly in police custody. The severe nature of her injuries has left her bedridden.”

“I want to ask the Governor if you have a fight with a militant, why are his relatives, especially his sister, beaten? We will not allow this. I want to tell the Governor and warn the police as well that if there is another such incident, then there will be dangerous consequences,” she had said.

Responding to a question about the issue raised by the former Chief Minister, the Governor said, “She will address me because I am the Governor of the State. I am not taking her words in a bad taste because she is the daughter of my friend (Mufti Mohammad Sayeed).”

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