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Bar demands judicial official monitored probe in Pulwama man’s killing

Lone was killed by militants: Police


Srinagar, May 19 (KNS): Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) on Friday demanded investigation to be monitored by a judicial officer into the killing of Mohammad Yousuf Lone, whose bullet-riddled body was found in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
“Those who killed Lone should be brought to book and the investigation of the case should be monitored by a judicial officer to be appointed for the purpose, in consultation with the High Court,” a spokesman of the lawyer’s body said in a statement here issued to KNS.
While condemning the killing, the KHCBA said that Lone, a resident of Gadoora, was killed in the nearby Hakhripora village where the government forces had launched a cordon and search operation after receiving inputs about the presence of militants over there.
“According to the people of the village Mohammad Yousuf Lone was killed by the forces and his body was dumped in the Nalla,” the KHCBA added.
The lawyers’ body also condemns the indiscriminate pellet firing and tear gas shelling by the forces, “guarding the residence of Superintendent of Police Kulgam and MLA Kulgam”, on the students of Government Degree College Kulgam who were protesting inside the college premises.
“The ruthless forces also fired tear gas shells on girl students, who because of hailing of the teargas smoke, fainted on spot and had to be evacuated from the college to safer places,” the KHCBA said.
Meanwhile, Police Friday said that a dead body was found at Gudoora in the jurisdiction of Police Station Pulwama this morning.
“The body was later on identified as that of Mohammad Yousuf Lone son of Sana-ul-lah Lone resident of Gudoora, Pulwama. During the initial investigation it was revealed that the deceased was fired upon by militants during the intervening night of 18-19 May 2017,” a police spokesman said in a statement to KNS.
“A case FIR number 174/2017 under section 302 RPC and 7/27 Arms Act has been registered in PS Pulwama. Further investigation is going on,” the spokesman said. (KNS)

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