The Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Special Investigation Team probing the Hyderpora killings on Wednesday threatened legal action against the family of slain and political leaders who contested the clean chit given to the armed forces.
In a statement issued in the summer capital Srinagar, the police noted that its SIT– headed by a DIG level officer– came across several posts on media from some political leaders and family members wherein they have cast doubts upon the evidence obtained so far.
Without naming anyone, the police said: “These people have tried to call it “Concocted Cover up Story”, “Ornamental Probe”, “Clean Chit to Killers”, “Fairy Tale of Police” etc.”
“The SIT constituted in the instant case is still investigating the matter, all such persons are once again advised to provide any type of evidence if they have regarding the incident so that every aspect of the investigation is covered and concluded on merits,” the statement noted but it earned a rebuke from former chief minister Omar Abdullah.
“If the SIT is still investigating the matter then what was the need to rush to the press with a statement yesterday? I don’t recall reading anywhere that yesterday’s report was an interim one,” the National Conference leader asked on Twitter.
“Such speculative statements from the political leaders have a tendency to create a provocation, rumor, fear and alarm among the general masses or particular section of society. This kind of approach is against the rule of law and may attract appropriate penal provisions as envisaged under law,” the police statement warned.
But the warning didn’t go well with Omar who retorted saying: “As to the “threat of penal action”. Criticizing the report, whether interim or final is the right of any citizen & it does not behoove J&K police to be trying to threaten people into submission. If the SIT wants people to believe the report it should report the truth, period.”
The SIT of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, probing the killings, on Tuesday said while one civilian was killed by the foreign militant, the owner of the building and a local “militant” died in the crossfire after being used as a “human shield” by the hiding militant.
A Pakistani militant and three other persons were killed in Hyderpora on November 15 and the police had claimed that all the slain men had links to militancy. The families of the three, alleging foul play, had said that they were innocent, prompting the police to order the inquiry.
This was one of the rare operations carried out jointly by the army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police within the city limits.