Srinagar: In a brutal killing, militants suspected to be from the Lashkar-e-Toiba(LeT) pumped five bullets into an 18-year-old youth inside a mosque in Sopore area because he had taken active part in sports events organised by the police and the army.

The incident last night in which Suhail Ahmad Sofi died on the spot led Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to question "double standards" of the opposition parties and "selective outrage" by the social media in condemning killing of civilians during violence in the Valley.

Sofi was sitting with another local youth in the compound of the mosque at Doabgah when unidentified militants opened fire on him but he managed to escape from the spot and took refuge inside the 'Hamaam' (heating fireplace) of the religious place, Superintendent of Police Sopore Imtiyaz Hussain said.

He said one militant entered the mosque, where a congregation had assembled for night prayers and pumped five bullets into Sofi. "We don’t know yet whether he was an informer or not. The clues we got from the scene indicate that the killing was handiwork of LeT militants," Hussain said. No militant has claimed responsibility for the incident.

The Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad condemned the attack, saying Islam does not allow killing of innocent people and that too inside a mosque. The youth was buried at his ancestral graveyard on Wednesday morning. "If security forces would have killed anyone you would have marched to the well and torn your clothes. You would have thrown mikes and demanded answers from me, but when militants kill any one why don't you raise your voice. Why these double standards?" Omar said looking towards the Opposition benches in the state Assembly which is in session in Jammu.

According to local residents, the victim was actively taking part in sports events organised by police and army and also encouraged other youth of his area to participate in these activities. The sports events had helped in keeping youth away from disruptive activities after 2010 summer agitation in the Valley.

They believe that this enthusiasm to channelise his energy and that of his forays into constructive activities could have been the reason for his killing.


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