Chidambaram Pulls Up Army For J&K Killing

27 February 2009

New Delhi: Virtually pulling up the army for the killing of two youth at Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the security forces did not appeared to have followed standard procedures. 'The killings in Sopore are extremely unfortunate. I express grave concern. Prima facie, it appears standard operating procedures were not followed by the security forces in that incident,' Chidambaram told a press conference on Friday. The Home Minister said he sympathised with the anguish of the people of Kashmir and the chief minister of the state. The duo were shot dead while another was critically injured in Sopore district on the night of February 21 when two men in combat uniform allegedly opened fire without any provocation. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered and an FIR lodged against the army after locals poured onto the streets. 'He (chief minister Omar Abdullah) met me. I have read his statement. His statement is a very qualified statement. Let the investigation that is going on, on how it happened be completed and (then) I will certainly meet with the chief minister,' Chidambaram said. The Home Minister said he would discuss with Abdullah on how such incidents are prevented in future. Chidambaram also said he is likely to visit Jammu or Kashmir in the first half of March to meet the chief minister. 'We will find a way in which standard operating procedures are scrupulously observed by the security forces.'