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Not surprised: Mehbooba on police clean chit to armed forces in Hydepora killings

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said the clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to armed forces in the Hyderpora encounter was not surprising and alleged that the inquiry was to “cover-up a botched operation”.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister was reacting to the SIT ruling out any foul play by the forces in the incident in which four persons including foreign militants were killed.

“SIT’s clean chit to armed forces in Hyderpora encounter isn’t surprising. It was purely a charade to cover up a botched-up operation & absolve those culpable for killing innocent civilians. How can one expect justice when they themselves are judge, jury & executioner?” Mehbooba tweeted.

The Special Investigation Team of police headed by DIG Sujith K Singh on Tuesday ruled out any foul play by forces in the Hyderpora killings. It claimed that while one of the civilians was killed by the foreign militant hiding in the building, the other two died in the crossfire with forces at they were used as a human shield by the ultra.

A Pakistani militant and three other persons were killed in Hyderpora in Srinagar on November 15 and police had 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.

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