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J&K CISF firing: Omar promises stern action

Jan 03, 2012 08:49 PM IST India India
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Srinagar: A day after a boy was killed in CISF firing in Uri, both Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the Opposition leader Mehbooba Mufti visited Altaf's family on Tuesday. The light has gone out of Bashir Ahmed's life forever, his son Altaf, a class 12 student was shot dead on Monday by CISF men after protests by villagers over power shortages. "I didn't expect my son to die like this. What was his fault?" Altaf's father said. Promising strict punishment to the offenders, the Chief Minister said that the government will look into the ongoing power crisis in the state. The state govt has written to the Home Ministry about the firing incident - Omar Abdullah has also reprimanded the power company and the CISF. "The way Altaf was killed is really said. This is not less than a murder. We will fight for the victim. We will get justice foe him," Omar said. Locals have been protesting against massive power cuts across the state, Kashmir has been facing 12-14 hours of daily power cuts. "We need electricity to study. We have exams. We have six power projects in this area but we still don’t have power," villager said. Five CISF men have already been arrested and a case registered against them. "We are finding out why this incident took palce. we will make our internal inquiry and if we find out that they were guilty, they will be punished," Director General NR Das said. The killing of the youth in Uri has created a feeling among the people of Kashmir that they are being denied of the resources that they rightfully own.

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