Legitimate doubts loom over Rambagh encounter: Mehbooba

Srinagar, Nov 25 :A day after three militants, including a top commander of “The Resistance Front (TRF)” were killed, former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said “legitimate doubts are looming over its authenticity”.

She said the official version is “far from the truth and is not in line with the ground realities.”

“After yesterday’s alleged encounter at Rambagh legitimate doubts are looming over its authenticity. As per reports & witnesses it seems that the firing was one sided. Again the official version is far from the truth and is not in line with ground realities as seen in Shopian, HMT & Hyderpora,” she tweeted.

On Wednesday evening the TRF commander Mehran Yaseen Shalla, who was allegedly involved in series of killing of civilians in Srinagar was killed along with two of his associates in a brief shooting in Rambagh.

Police had said a gunfight ensued after a police team signaled a Santro car to stop at the Rambagh locality.

“The terrorists started firing indiscriminately on the police party from inside the car while trying to flee from the spot under the cover of firing. The fire was however effectively retaliated leading to a gunfight,” a police spokesman had said in a statement, adding that three militants were killed in the encounter.

The eyewitnesses near the encounter site contested the police claim saying the three were “pushed out of a car and later shot dead.”

Protests and clashes erupted on Wednesday evening in some parts of the city after the encounter, sources said.

The authorities also suspended the mobile internet in many parts of old city as a precautionary measure to ensure peace. A shutdown is also being observed in many parts of old Srinagar.


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