Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday said 76 civilians and two policemen were killed in over five months of unrest in the Valley and ruled out ordering judicial probe into the civilian killings.
“The government has no proposal under consideration to constitute a judicial commission headed by a retired High Court judge to investigate civilian killings during the unrest,” Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the Home portfolio, said in a written reply in Legislative Assembly, which is in session in Jammu, winter capital of J&K.
She was responding to a question by independent MLA Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen.
The opposition National Conference and Congress and Kashmir based legislators have been demanding setting up of judicial commission to probe the civilian killings during the unrest.
The CM informed that 76 civilians and two policemen were killed during the over five months long unrest in the Valley triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and his two accomplices in an encounter with security forces on July 8.
She said killing of three HM militants triggered violent protests and law and order disturbances in Valley.
“The situation was exploited by some inimical elements on various platforms including social media to stoke passions and instigate violence by spreading “malicious and baseless information”. However, due to persistent efforts of security forces/police and civil administration, the situation had shown improvement with number of incidents declining progressively and day-to-day activities gradually returning to normalcy,” added Mehbooba.
According to CM, only three cases pertaining to excessive use of force by security forces have been registered by police. indian Express Report