Jammu: After a peaceful 2011, the start of 2012 has again spelled trouble for the Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir.
On Monday, a student protesting power shortage at Boniyar village in Baramulla district was killed in firing by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). A day later, the Chief Minister travelled to the hotspot of the agitation to soothe nerves.
While promising to look into power crisis in the state, Omar described the incident as “excessive use of force by the CISF”.
After meeting the family of the victim, Omar described the student’s death a murder, saying the central paramilitary force’s use of force is inexcusable. It was not a case of self defence, he added.
The state government has already written to the Union Home Ministry, complaining about CISF’s actions.
Class 12 student Altaf Ahmad Sood was killed and two other civilians were injured on Monday afternoon when CISF troopers allegedly opened fire on demonstrators protesting power shortage in their village in North Kashmir. The Valley is facing acute power shortage.
Soon after the incident, Omar had sent his two ministers and top police officers to Boniyar, 60 km from Srinagar.
According to official sources, the CM himself flew to the village this morning to be with the people at this hour, understand the sequence of events that led to the tragic incident and the action taken by the law and order authorities.
Five CISF troopers have already been arrested on charges of murder, according to Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani.
The Chief Minister is also due to hold a meeting in Srinagar to assess the possible fallout of the incident, the attempts by separatists and others to exploit the same for causing more trouble and the measures needed to maintain peace, sources said.
"Law of the land will take its course," the CM had told officers in a meeting late Monday night, according to sources.