Ignoring security concerns expressed by agencies, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday visited very tense Kangan in central district of Ganderbal and met family of Gowhar Ahmad Rather who succumbed to bullet and pellet injuries in a hospital on Tuesday.
Mehbooba visits tense Kangan, meets Gowhar's family
Rather was injured when police allegedly fired bullets and pellets to disperse demonstrators on Monday, who were protesting against the killings of four civilians in security force action on protesters, who hit the streets after 13 militants, including some top commanders, were killed in three different encounters in Shopian on Sunday.
Despite slogan shouting and tense situation, Ms Mehbooba arrived at Kangan this morning and met the family members of the deceased youth.
During about half-an-hour stay with the bereaved family--his parents, brother and sister, she assured that police personnel involved in the killing of Rather will be punished as per law of the land. Terming the death 'very unfortunate', she said justice will be done in the case.
After initially denying that Rather was injured in police action, a Selection Grade (SG) constable was suspended and later detained in this connection. Police through social media and press releases maintained that Rather fell down during a chase by police and got injured after hitting edge of a drain. However, locals alleged that he was injured after police fired bullets and pellets.
Later medical report also confirmed that Rather, who breathed his last in S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) that he had received bullet and pellet injuries in the head.
District Magistrate (DM), Ganderbal has already ordered a magisterial inquiry and appointed Additional Deputy Commissioner (DC) to investigate the incident and report within 20 days.