J&K CM Meets Manohar Parrikar

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New Delhi : Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti met union defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday and raised the issue of Handwara firing, in which two Kashmiri young people were allegedly killed by security force amid conflicts.

Parrikar guaranteed Mufti that a investigation will be started and the guilty parties will be rebuffed.

In another incident, a 50-year-old woman wounded in army firing in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday succumbed to her injuries at a hospital on Wednesday, taking the total death toll to three.

Mehbooba, who is on her maiden visit to the national capital after assuming the post of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, met Parrikar and Union urban development minister Venakiah Naidu.

Describing the incident as “very unfortunate”, Mufti said “I spoke to the defence minister. He assured me that a probe will be initiated and the culprits will be punished.”

“At the same time, the family will be compensated. Such incidents should not happen in the future,” she said after meeting Parrikar.

Two youth, including a budding cricketer, were reportedly killed in Handwara when army personnel opened fire to disperse a stone-pelting mob targeting their bunker.

The incident took place after reports surfaced that some army personnel had allegedly molested a girl returning from school.