Amid huge anger over a controversial operation in which two businessmen were killed, the Jammu and Kashmir administration today ordered a magisterial investigation. The families of the businessmen allege that they were killed in cold blood, while security forces have said they were “terror associates”.
An additional district magistrate will investigate the allegations raised after the police operation on Monday.
“We will look into the demands of the families. We are open to correction if anything has gone wrong. A police probe will also find out what went wrong,” Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh told NDTV. “We will find out what happened in the Hyderpora encounter. We are for the safety of people and will not shy away from a probe,” Mr Singh said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor’s office tweeted that it “will ensure there is no injustice.”
“A magisterial inquiry by officer of ADM rank has been ordered in Hyderpora encounter. The government will take suitable action as soon as a report is submitted in a time-bound manner. J&K administration reiterates commitment to protecting lives of innocent civilians and it will ensure there is no injustice,” the Lt Governor’s office tweeted.
Businessman Altaf Bhat and dental surgeon Mudasir Gul were killed in an anti-terrorist operation on a building complex in Hyderpora. Police initially claimed they were shot dead by terrorists, but later said they may have been killed in the crossfire. The police said both men were “terror associates” – a charge that provoked a furious reaction from family members and critics of the Jammu and Kashmir administration.
One of those killed was Amir Magray, whose father Abdul Latief Magray killed a terrorist with a stone in 2005 and had received an Indian Army citation.
Amir Magray, called a “hybrid terrorist” by the police, was allegedly working as a helper in the doctor’s office.