J&K killing: Omar angry over selective outrage of Twitterati

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Omar Abdullah
New Delhi, March 20: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who went to pay respect to the slain CRPF jawans after the social media erupted, has today lashed out at netizens for silence over the killing of a teenaged boy by militants in Sopore town yesterday.

"Militants chase an 18-year-old boy in to a mosque and shoot him. Imagine the outrage if this had been done by security forces," Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Suhail Ahmad Sofi was shot dead by militants in Sopore town last night as he was coming out of a mosque after offering night prayers.

The teenage boy may have been targeted for helping security forces in organising sports events. The sports competitions in Kashmir help in keeping youth away from disruptive activities.

Sopore Superintendent of Police Syed Imtiyaz Hussain said on Wednesday Sofi was sitting with another boy in the grounds near the local mosque when unidentified militants fired at him. "However, Suhail escaped the bullets and ran into the mosque. One militant chased him and fired five shots at the boy inside the mosque. Suhail died on the spot. We have registered a case in this regard and investigations have started."

The chief minister said he was willing to accept the anger directed against the government for excesses by the security forces only from those who are willing to condemn the killings by militants as well.

"I can accept the anger directed against us for excesses by security forces but only from people willing to condemn such killings," he said.

The Chief Minister said the hypocrisy was evident from the reactions on his Twitter timeline to the killing of a youth by CRPF personnel last week and lack of any reaction to Sofi's killing. "Want to see the hypocrisy of selective outrage? Compare reactions on my TL (timeline) today to those exactly a week ago," he added.

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