TWO JAWANS of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) were Saturday booked on an attempt to murder charge after a youth was injured in a firing, which they claimed was carried out in “self-defense”.
Angered over the incident, in which 30-year-old Anoop Yadav of Basahi village was injured, villagers gathered outside the SSB camp in protest.
The situation was brought under control by officers of Sampoorn Nagar police station who rushed to the site in Lakhimpur Kheri district near the Indo-Nepal border.
Police said an argument had taken place between Anoop and the two jawans, who were stationed at a check-post in the village, around 7.30 am.
IG, SSB (Ranikhet frontier) Shyam Singh said Anoop was stopped for inspection as he was travelling from across the border and had reportedly left “angry”. He later returned to the camp with several people who attacked the jawans with knives, the IG said, adding that the jawans claimed to have initially fired in the air and then “had to shoot in self-defense aiming the legs” when the mob did not relent.
Anoop could have been injured in the firing, the IG said. He was admitted to Kheri district hospital and later transferred to Lucknow, an officer said, adding that his injury was “not critical”.
Police said the FIR was lodged under IPC Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 307 (attempt to murder) against the two SSB jawans whose identity they refused to disclose. The complaint was filed by Anoop’s father, Ramnath Yadav.
Circle Officer Lal Dhari Bharti said the jawans, too, have filed an FIR alleging attack on them by the villagers who were led by Anoop. Kheri ASP Ashtabhuja Prasad Singh said both the cases will be investigated and further action will be taken accordingly. He confirmed that no arrests have been made so far.