The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killing of a man who forcibly entered the home of former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday.
Inspector General, Jammu Zone, SD Singh Jamwal said Murad Ali Shah forced his way through the VIP gate at Abdullah’s house in an SUV. Shah entered the main lobby of the house and was subsequently shot dead by Central Reserve Police Force personnel. Abdullah is in Delhi for the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament.
“Sub-divisional magistrate, Jammu North, will conduct the probe and submit his report within four weeks,” District Development Commissioner (Jammu) Ramesh Kumar told PTI. The inquiry comes after 200 people, mostly relatives and acquaintances of Shah, staged a protest outside a government hospital in Jammu, demanding an investigation into the incident on Saturday.
Following protests by relatives, the Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party also demanded that an impartial and prompt investigation be conducted and that CCTV footage be released. BJP state spokesperson Anil Gupta said the “cold-blooded” murder in a VIP residence raises many questions.
Meanwhile, Abdullah’s party, National Conference, has sought a high-level probe by the National Investigation Agency. The party’s provincial spokesperson, Madan Mantoo, issued a statement said the central government must conduct an “independent and impartial inquiry by a team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs”.
Mantoo said the probe must cover all aspects, including how a car was able to gain entry into the supposedly highly-secured residence with minimum damage to the main gate. “The security lapse needs to be probed expeditiously so that the truth comes to the fore,” he added.