Srinagar, Sep 27: Former minister and senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Syed Altaf Bukhari and CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Targami have strongly condemned the killing of a youth allegedly in security force firing during Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the downtown Srinagar on Thursday.
Alleging that it was a cold blooded murder, Mr Bukhari said killing of Malik during CASO launched by the security forces at Noorbagh in Qamarwari area is a heinous crime which is unacceptable to any civilized society.
He demanded an impartial probe at the highest level so that the culprits of this brutal killing are booked and brought to justice.
He alleged that unfortunately some vested interests in security forces have become happy and feel emboldened after every such incident in Kashmir. Like in any other part of the state, such forces with nefarious designs, want to shatter the semblance of peace and tranquility in Srinagar city, Bukhari further alleged.
The former minister said that the human life in Kashmir has been devalued by the callousness of 'black sheep in security forces' who seem to have got a 'license to kill the innocent civilians and draw a sadistic pleasure out of it.”
He said latest Qamarwari killing is in clear contravention to the assertion made by the Governor Satya Pal Malik who wanted to build trust in Kashmir and had asked security forces to adhere to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) during operations.
He appealed to all right-thinking people to join their ranks to prevent such vested interests from carrying out such acts. Killing of an innocent civilian during a cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) in Noorbagh area of Srinagar on Thursday is unfortunate and condemnable, Mr Targami said.
'It is painful to lose young boys to bullets day in and day out. Losing precious human lives is most unfortunate. I have no words to condemn such killing as mere condemnations every time a civilian is killed isn’t enough,' he said.
The law enforcing agencies are refusing to draw lessons from previous such experiences.
While expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, he demanded immediate investigation of this unfortunate incident and ensure that those involved are identified and punished under law. (UNI)