Guilty army men will be exemplary punishment: CM

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Talks to Lt Gen Hooda, gets assurance of ‘tangible action’ after probe

KG News Desk

New Delhi, April 12: Expressing grief over the killing of two youth at Handwara, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the forces personnel involved in the incident would be handed exemplary punishment.

She said she has already taken up the matter with the Army. The Chief Minister talked to the GOC-in-C, Northern Command, Lt Gen D S Hooda, who informed her that the Army has already ordered an inquiry into the incident and tangible action will be taken once the probe is completed.

Regarding the demand of the locals for shifting of the bunker from the area, the Army Commander assured the Chief Minister that the demand would be looked into.

The Chief Minister said such tragic incidents have a huge negative impact on the efforts of the State Government and the political leadership aimed at consolidating the peace efforts in the State.

Mehbooba Mufti said the security forces must exercise maximum restraint and adhere to the Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) while dealing with the public protests as incidents of innocent killings cannot be tolerated.

The Chief Minister has expressed solidarity with the families of the two youth.

Onus on govt, says NC

National Conference on Tuesday expressed grief and sorrow over the death of two youth in Handwara due to firing by the Forces and expressed condolences to the bereaved families. National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Working President Omar Abdullah, while expressing grief and sorrow have also conveyed their solidarity to the families of the two youth and prayed for peace to the departed souls.

Two youths – Nayeem Ahmad and Muhammad Iqbal – died after Security Forces reportedly opened fire on locals demonstrating against an alleged molestation in Handwara. National Conference leaders said the onus was on the State Government and the Chief Minister to ensure the truth comes to fore without any delay or adulteration and the guilty are brought to the book.