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Hyderpora killings: Kashmir police’s probe team gives clean chit to armed forces, pin blame of civilian deaths on foreign militant

The Special Investigation Team of Jammu and Kashmir Police, probing the Hyderpora encounter, on Tuesday said while one civilian was killed by the foreign militant, the owner of the building and a local militant died in “crossfire” after being used as a human shield by the hiding ultra.

A Pakistani militant and three other persons were killed in Hyderpora here on November 15 and police claimed that all the slain men had links to militancy.

The families of the three had, however, claimed that they were innocent and had alleged foul play, prompting the police to order the inquiry.

On Tuesday, the head of the SIT, DIG Sujith K, virtually gave a clean chit to the armed forces but added the team was open to reviewing its findings if any other evidence comes to light.

“Our investigation so far has revealed that Dr. Mudasir Gul was killed by the foreign militants hiding inside the building as his body was recovered from the attic. The forces did not go to the attic at all during searches or subsequent operation, ” head of the SIT, DIG Sujith K Singh, told reporters.

Giving details of the investigations, Singh said the probe has revealed that Amir Magray, the employee of Dr. Gul, was closely associated with the foreign militant ‘Bilal Bhai’, who was killed in the operation while trying to flee.

“Mohammad Altaf Bhat (building owner) and Amir were killed in the crossfire with armed forces as they were used as a human shield by the foreign militant. It is substantiated by the fact the Altaf fell (after being hit by bullets) outside the door, while Amir had managed to run a few more steps and the foreign militant’s body was found 83 feet away,” he said.

The officer said besides examining the CCTV footage and call detail records, the SIT has also examined more than 20 witnesses so far.

“Statements of six of these witnesses have been recorded before the magistrate at well,” he added.

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