Kin of civilians killed in encounter removed by police from protest site in Srinagar: Officials

The protesting families were on a sit-in since Wednesday morning and held a candlelight vigil after the daylong protest

Kin of civilians killed in encounter removed by police from protest site in Srinagar: Officials

Photo for representation purposes.

Srinagar, November 18

The family members of two civilians killed in an encounter in Srinagar's Hyderpora, who were staging a sit-in at the Press Enclave here, were forcibly removed by police around midnight and a few of them were detained, officials said on Thursday.

Also read: Kin of slain men in Hyderpora encounter cry foul, seek bodies

The protesting families were on a sit-in since Wednesday morning and held a candlelight vigil after the daylong protest.

They stayed put at the Press Enclave amidst biting cold, demanding that the bodies of their kin be returned to them.

However, police forcibly removed the protestors from the site at around midnight, the officials said.

They said the power supply to the area was snapped before the arrival of the police personnel.

Several protesters were detained by the police, the officials added.

Mainstream politicians from Jammu and Kashmir have condemned the police action, video clips of which have gone viral on social media.

"Instead of handing over mortal remains of the innocent civilians, police has arrested the family members for demanding the bodies of their loved ones. Unbelievably ruthless & insensitive. Least they can do is return the mortal remains immediately," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti wrote on Twitter.

People's Conference chief Sajad Lone said the administration is intent on presenting its "inhuman and ugly face".

"What on earth Has happened to the administration. Y can't they present a human face. Y r they so intent on presenting a v inhuman and ugly face (sic)," he said in a tweet.

"General Dyer must be very proud of you @JmuKmrPolice," National Conference leader Ruhullah Mehdi wrote on Twitter. PTI

Tribune Shorts


Top Stories

Rajnath Singh likely to brief Parliament on chopper crash today

Rajnath Singh likely to brief Parliament on chopper crash today

The Defence Minister will brief the Lok Sabha at 11.15 am an...

Data recorder of crashed M 17 helicopter recovered

Data recorder of crashed M 17 helicopter recovered

A 25 special team of the Air Force officers led by Wing Comm...

Shaurya Chakra awardee Varun Singh survives one night, next 48 hours critical

Shaurya Chakra awardee Varun Singh survives one night, next 48 hours critical

The team of doctors treating Singh are not saying anything

Gen Rawat was strong proponent of India-US defence partnership: US

Gen Rawat was strong proponent of India-US defence partnership: US

General Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 other people on boa...

AAP’s Punjab ex-president Sucha Singh Chhotepur to join Shiromani Akali Dal today

AAP’s Punjab ex-president Sucha Singh Chhotepur to join Shiromani Akali Dal today

He is likely to be the party's candidate from Batala

Cities

View All