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Kashmiri Lecturer dies in custody; Government register case, Army ordered probe

The situation in Kashmir’s Pulwama district turned worse after a 30-year-old lecturer Shabir Ahmad Mango was allegedly beaten to death in custody of Army personnel on Wednesday night.

Acting actively according to prevalent situation, the J&K government has registered a case of murder against the Army and others involved in the raids. Even the top officials of Indian army terming the raid as ‘Non-sanctioned’ expressed regret and ordered a probe into the incident taken place in Pulwama district.

Condemning the incident which led to death of a lecturer, Commander Northern Army Lt Gen DS Hooda told reporters that such raids were not sanctioned and it was unjustified. We will not tolerate such incidents.

The incident that took place during the intervening night of August 17 and 18 in Khrew area of Pulwama district, where Shabir Ahmad Monga was killed and 19 others sustained injuries when they were thrashed by army personnel who were conducting raids to arrest stone pelters in the area.

Somewhere justifying the army circumstantial aggression, Commander repeated the statement that personnel are instructed to exercise maximum restraint but the forces are facing tough times and sometimes things get out of hand.

Meanwhile, one more incident of firing pellets on ambulance was reported in Srinagar. It was alleged that while Driver Ghulam Mohammad Sofi was driving an ambulance to nearby hospital, CRPF personnel shot pellets on him. Not stopping after getting injured badly, he dropped the patient in hospital and then he himself was taken to hospital, in a serious condition.

After the news came into light CRPF top officials suspended the personnel for firing pellets on Ambulance and setup inquiry on the incident.

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