PULWAMA KILLINGS | Locals have no faith in the magisterial inquiry

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Pulwama, February 18: The local residents of the villages  Lelhar and Kakpora located in the heart of a resurgent militant belt in south Kashmir’’s Pulwama district are furious over the killing of two of their residents in an encounter with the security forces on Sunday.

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Reports in The Tribune claim that the locals have no faith over the magisterial inquiry instituted into the killing of two students this week. They believe that the inquiry would never deliver justice to them.

The locals have bemoaned the fact that It has been four days and no official has visited the area to investigate the facts on the ground. They further alleged that the officials do not want to know how the bullets were fired at their homes and how the innocent civilians were killed.

Instead, the locals rue, that an order has been issued for them (locals) to report to the Additional District Magistrate, Pulwama, to record their statements over the killings.

Another local resident of one of these village held security forces responsible for the killing of two students Danish and Shaista. He said that the way these inquiries are being conducted so far has just added to the alienation.

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Pertinently, two student residents of the village Lelhar, Danish and Shaista, had died during a encounter between a militant and security forces in the Kakpora village on Sunday Afternoon. The village Lelhar and Kakpora are seperated by a bridge and the fact is still unclear about how both civilians were killed. Also, the statements provided by the police and the locals differ adding to the confusion.

On one hand, security forces claims that the encounter started at 1.40 pm and was over in 10 minutes while the villagers allege that the security forces continued to fire for the next two hours.

“I do not understand as to why this one-sided firing lasted this long. It is a torture and out of that “torture”, new militants are born”, another local said.