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Security breach at Farooq’s residence
Govt constitutes committee to review protected persons’ security
JAMMU, Aug 5: The state government Sunday ordered constitution of a three member committee headed by ADG Security to review the security of protected persons.

This decision has been taken in view of the incident at the residence of former Chief Minister and MP Dr Farooq Abdullah at Jammu yesterday.

A 25-year old unarmed youth, described by police as an “intruder”, was shot down by CRPF personnel after he allegedly rammed his SUV vehicle into the gate of the Bhatindi residence of former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah in Jammu Saturday morning.

Later Saturday evening, the government ordered a magisterial probe into the incident after the family and relatives of the slain youth alleged foul play behind his killing and held a protest demonstration at Chinore.

Interestingly, besides family, few political parties and persons also questioned the police’s intruder theory and demanded probe into the incident.

National Conference sought a high level probe by National Investigating Agency (NIA) into the security breach at the residence of the party president and former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah at Bhatindi and circumstances leading to death of a youth.

“As Dr Farooq Abdullah is a central government categorized protectee, the Government of India should carry out its independent and impartial inquiry by a team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Provincial spokesperson of National Conference Madan Mantoo had said in a statement.

Expressing grave concern over the incident, the spokesperson said the probe must cover all the aspects, including how a car was able to gain entry into the supposedly high secured residence with minimum cosmetic damage, considering the strength of the main gate.

“The security lapse is needed to be probed expeditiously so that the truth must come to fore,” the spokesperson added.

Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party patron and Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee Bhim Singh also urged Governor N N Vohra to institute a high power judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the high court.

“The state Legal Aid Committee has collected evidence and felt that Shah was killed without any cause or reason,” Singh said in a statement here. “This is also admitted that the deceased had no weapon or anything in his hand or in the car. The facts lead to the conclusion that it was a pre-planned murder,” he added. Singh said the committee would move the Supreme Court if the governor failed to hold an independent inquiry into the incident.

In the meanwhile, the body of youth was laid to rest this morning amid protests by the family, relatives joined by locals. The protesters demanded that an FIR be registered against the security personnel and the case handed over to the Crime Branch of state police for a thorough probe. The protesters also called for releasing the CCTV footage of the incident.

“We want justice for the man who was killed in mysterious circumstances. They are claiming that he crashed his vehicle with the gate before entering the highly guarded residence... Neither the gate nor the vehicle had suffered any damage,” one of the mourners said. Following protest, 'Nimaz-e-Jinazah' (prayer before the burial) was offered and the deceased was laid to rest at a local graveyard.

News Updated at : Monday, August 6, 2018
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