Srinagar, Dec 18: Normal life remained crippled for the second successive day on Monday in parts of frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara, where massive protests erupted on Sunday against killing of a driver in alleged security force firing.
Army said the driver was killed in an exchange of fire between an ambush party and militants while police stated that a case FIR has been registered and investigation taken up.
Even though the government has ordered a magisterial probe into the killing, shop and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads at Kralpora and adjoining areas in Kupwara to protest the killing.
The people alleged that the probe will not reach to any conclusion like hundreds of inquiries ordered in the past in similar cases.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jehangir said that he has ordered an inquiry into the incident. “Additional District Magistrate Mohammad Abdullah Malik will head the inquiry committee and submit the report within three weeks,” he said.
Massive protests erupted in some parts of Kupwara after a driver, Asif Iqbal, was allegedly killed in security force firing during the intervening night of December 16-17.
However, Defence Ministry spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said that the civilian was killed in cross firing between militants and security forces and investigation has been initiated.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief over the killing and directed the probe be conducted in an expeditious manner. Opposition, including former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, has condemned the killing of the driver in alleged security force firing.
“The FIR registered by the police must be taken to its logical conclusion. Killed in cross fire can’t be a justification for Asif Iqbal’s death,” Abdullah, wrote on micro-blogging site twitter on Sunday.
Expressing deep shock and grief over the killing, lone CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Sunday said that such incidents could have been avoided if the forces would have exercised maximum restraint.
Independent MLA from Langate in Kupwara district Er Abdul Rashid demanded arrest of the officer who ordered firing on the driver. He rejected the inquiry and said such inquiries have failed to deliver justice to victims in the past.