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SRINAGAR: Police have claimed that the civilians killed near the three encounter sites of South Kashmir were ‘stone-pelters’ who tried to hamper anti-militancy operations. State Human Rights Commission had sought a detailed report about Dragadh, Kachidoora and Khudwani encounters that claimed at least 8 civilian lives. Chairman, International Forum for Justice Human Rights JK, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo had filed a petition before the Commission seeking justice and compensation to the victim families.

The Dragadh and Kachidoora encounters which claimed four lives took place on April 1, this year.   The civilians killed were Mehrajuddin Mir of Okey Kulgam, Muhammad Iqbal of Khasipora Shopian, Zubair Ahmed Bhat and Mushtaq Ahmed Thokar of Dragadh Shopian. On April 11, four civilians were killed after Forces fired upon protesters trying to help militants escape at Wanimohalla Khudwani Kulgam. A soldier Ganoukar Rao was also killed and two others injured in the encounter while militants managed to escape from the spot.

The four civilians including a minor boy were identified as Sarjeel Sheikh of Khudwani , Bilal Ahmed Tantray of Frisal ,Faisal Ilahi of Melhoora Shopian and Aijaz Ahmed Pala of Bijbehara . The civilian killings sparked students protest across Kashmir forcing government to order the closure of the schools and colleges.  In its report, DIG South Kashmir Range has maintained that the civilians were miscreants who resorted to massive stone-pelting causing injuries to the armed forces. The police has submitted a detailed report with regard to these gunfights alleging that miscreants created havoc near the gunfight sight while despite repeated warnings they didn’t budge. The police have said that maximum restraint was exercised at all the encounter sites. 

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SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has condoled the demise of Dr. Muneer Samoon, a well known scientist and faculty at SKUAST. The deceased was also the brother of former Member, PSC, Masood Samoon and Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Dr. Asgar Samoon. The Chief Minister described Dr. Muneer as a learned scholar who would be remembered for his contribution in his field. She has prayed for peace to the departed soul while extending sympathies with the bereaved.

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SRINAGAR: Awantipora Police received information through reliable sources that some self-styled news groups viz “Kashmir Zone,” “Hamza Hizbi” and “Quick News” have uploaded/circulated photographs of some youth with malicious intention on social networking sites whereby rumors are being spread that the said youth are whistleblowers of Police/Security Forces. The operators/administrators of these self-styled News groups in pursuance of a well knit criminal conspiracy had spread the said rumors with sole motive to harm the reputation of said youth to defame them and to cause harm to their life and safety.

A case FIR number 89/2018 U/S 501, 505 RPC read with 120-B RPC has been registered on the receipt of this information at P/S Awantipora and investigation was set into the motion. During the course of investigation, it convincingly came to fore that the said self-styled News Groups had spread the rumors with sole aim to defame said persons and cause harm to their life and safety.

Two administrators of these self-styled News Groups namely Sajad Ahmad Mir S/O Gh. Rasool Mir R/O Frastalbal Pampore and Shahid Ahmad Bhat S/O Gh. Ahmad Bhat R/O Namlabal Pampore have been identified and apprehended accordingly. Efforts are being made to identify the other administrators of such self-styled News Groups so that they can be booked under law. Process for getting the said self-styled News Groups blocked has also been initiated.

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