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J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti denounces civilian killings; calls for maximum restraint by forces

India TV Politics Desk Srinagar 17 Apr 2017, 7:21:38 IST
India TV Politics Desk

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed deep anguish over the death of a 23-year-old man in Batamaloo area of Srinagar.

According to an official spokesperson of the government, Mufti on Sunday asked the security forces to ‘exercise maximum restraint while operating in provocative situations’.

"The Chief Minister has directed the security forces to exercise maximum restraint while performing their duties in provocative situations and follow the laid down SOPs (standard operating procedures) strictly in such cases," the spokesperson quoted her as saying. 

She also condemned the killing of Bashir Ahmad, who was gunned down by unidentified gunmen at Qasbayar in Pulwama on Saturday night.

The PDP leader has sought a report from the state police about an incident of violence at Degree College Pulwama in which more than 50 students were injured. 

"The Chief Minister has also sought a report on the surfacing of some 'disturbing' videos in the valley, which she termed as 'unacceptable and atrocious'," the spokesman added. 

A youth was killed in Batamaloo area of Srinagar city on Saturday after the security forces opened fire on a group of protesters who were pelting stones at them. In south Kashmir's Pulwama, at least 54 students were injured in Government Degree College during clashes between students and security forces.