Srinagar: Congress in Jammu and Kashmir today demanded an impartial and time-bound probe into the death of three civilians in firing by Army in north Kashmir's Handwara town which triggered fresh clashes between protesters and security forces in the Valley.
Several state Congress leaders, including president G A Mir, were not allowed to visit Handwara town where they wanted to assess the situation after the incident and express solidarity with the bereaved families, a party spokesman claimed.
"The leaders demand a time-bound impartial probe into this firing incident, so that the truth comes to fore and guilty punished," the spokesman said. Strongly condemning the firing incident, the party leaders said that "killing of innocent people, in any form, cannot be justified by anything."
They termed the firing on protestors as "most unfortunate", saying such type of incidents would further alienate the people and vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the state. The party leaders also questioned the promises made by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to protect innocent people and ensure peaceful atmosphere in the state.
Kashmir remained tense today as one more youth was killed in fresh clashes between protesters and security forces in the Valley amid curfew-like restrictions imposed in view of the disquiet following the death of the three civilians in the firing by Army yesterday.