‘Firing was one sided’: Mehbooba questions legitimacy of Rambagh shootout

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Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday questioned the legitimacy of gunfight in Srinagar’s Rambagh area where according to police three militants were killed.

The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister while taking to her Twitter handle said, “After yesterday’s alleged encounter at Rambagh legitimate doubts are looming over its authenticity. As per reports & witnesses it seems that the firing was one sided.Again the official version far from truth is not in line with ground realities as seen in Shopian, HMT & Hyderpora.”

Her comments come after eyewitnesses, who were at the spot, claimed that the trio were killed in “cold blood” and that if they were militants and had weapons they would have retaliated. They said if the police had any suspicion over them they could have arrested them.

“Three men were standing on the road when Kashmir police came and fired indiscriminately. At first we could not understand what was going on,” said an eyewitness.

“One among the three ran towards a nearby narrow lane [amid the gunshots]. He was taken back to the road and fired until he died and then they took away the bodies,” said the eyewitness.

Eyewitness added that there was “no retaliation to the firing, they had no weapon and if they had a weapon they would have fired in self defence”.

“They [the trio] were standing near a load carrier. There was no suspected situation. If they [police] had any suspicion over them they could have arrested them,” eyewitnesses had told The Kashmir Walla.

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