Those responsible for Sopore killings should be held to account: UN chief

UN Chief

United Nations, July 2: Those who were responsible for the killing of a civilian and a CRPF head constable in Kashmir have to be made to account for it, according to the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, IANS reported

Asked about the incident at his daily briefing on Wednesday, Stephane Dujarric said, “We will look into it. Obviously people who were responsible need to be brought to account. But let me look further into it.”

On July 02, the militants attacked a CRPF naka party at Sopore resulting in death of a trooper. The CRPF claimed a civilian was also killed when he was shot by the militants hiding in a nearby masjid. The incident took a dramatic turn after a picture went viral on social media in which a 3 year old grandson of the slain man was shown sitting on the body of his dead grandfather.

However, the family vehemently rejected the police claim and alleged that he was killed after troops asked the 65 year old man to get down from the car and shot dead him infront of his grand son, a claim rejected by the CRPF and police.

In answer to another question about the protests following the killings, Dujaric said, “As anywhere, we encourage people to be, authorities to allow people to demonstrate freely and that they can express their rights to demonstrate.”


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