Omar Abdullah meets deceased youth's family

Omar Abdullah
Srinagar, Jan 3: Visiting the family of the youth killed in CISF firing in Boniyar, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today termed the action as “excessive” and “inexcusable”.

Abdullah also cautioned the people against drawing parallels between death of Altaf Ahmad and teenager Tufail Matoo, whose death in 2010 was seen as the launching pad for five month summer unrest that left 120 persons dead and thousands others injured.

He expressed his condolences to the family of Ahmad, who was killed in firing by CISF personnel who were trying to disperse a crowd protesting against power shortage yesterday.

This is the Chief Minister’s first visit to the family of a victim of security forces’ firing. He flew in from the winter capital Jammu and met the family members of Ahmad at Baitnar in Uri tehsil, 90 kms from here, officials said.

The Chief Minister told the family that the CISF personnel’s use of forces was “excessive” and “inexcusable”. “The circumstances of his (Altaf’s) death are tragic, shocking and inexcusable,” Omar wrote on the microblogging site after meeting the family.

Ahmad was killed and two others were injured when CISF personnel opened fire on protestors outside NHPC-run Uri Power Project at Boniyar yesterday. The protestors were demanding electricity supply in their areas.

Five CISF personnel were arrested and a case was registered against them. The state government has offered compensation and a government job on compassionate grounds to one eligible member of the victim’s family.

The state government has also lodged a protest with the Union Home Ministry over the incident and a demanded exemplary punishment to the personnel responsible for the death. Abdullah said, “If we had responded as effectively as in Tufail’s incident, perhaps the peace would not have broken then either.

“Though I am sure some amongst your fraternity will be rushing to compare this to Tufail Mattoo and go down that road again,” Omar said in response to a tweet from a journalist.


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