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Kashmir valley is again in a turmoil over the killing of an youth by the army. Telegraph carries news of the defence ministry over-ruling the local command, perhaps for the first time:

Defence minister A.K. Antony today ordered a probe into the killing of a young Kashmiri, hours after the army’s Valley chief had ruled out an investigation.

The Omar Abdullah-led state government ordered a separate probe even as separatists planned a march towards the UN office in Srinagar tomorrow and called for a shutdown on Saturday.

Hilal Ahmad Dar was killed in Bandipora, north Kashmir, on Tuesday night during a search. Local people said the 25-year-old was innocent and was killed in custody, though army sources claimed the youth was a militant and a weapon had been found on him.

Not a moment too soon, because public order is already disrupted, as TOI reports:

Police said they had to fire teargas shells to quell the protesters, who were demanding action against Hilal Dar’s killers. Earlier, police lodged an FIR and started investigations into the killing.

The Army maintained that the slain was a militant while the Jammu & Kashmir government on Wednesday ordered a probe into the killing.

But Dar’s family insisted that the slain was innocent and worked for a cement factory in Srinagar. His father, Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Dar, said some unknown caller had asked his son to meet him before he was shot dead.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

July 27, 2012 at 3:12 am

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