Handwara firing: Girl denies molestation by Army man

A junior police officer was on Wednesday suspended for "mishandling" of the law and order situation in north Kashmir's Handwara town that led to the killing of three persons and injuries to four others in firing by security forces.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Updated: April 14, 2016 5:14 am
handwara Three persons — two youths and a woman — were killed when security forces opened fire to disperse a stone-pelting mob which was protesting against alleged molestation of a girl by some of its personnel.

Kashmir remained tense on Wednesday 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 three civilians in firing by Army yesterday.

The crisis was sparked after allegations emerged that an Armyman had molested a girl in the Valley.

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The girl, however, has denied she was molested and accused two local youths of hatching a conspiracy. The Army has released a video statement of the girl’s statement in which she is saying that she simply went to nearby washroom along with her friend and suddenly a youth appeared before her and took her bag away.

handwara (Express photo: By Suhaib Masoodi)

As per her statement in the video, the boy then resisted her to come to nearby police station. In the meantime, the other youth shouted slogans and instigated violence.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has sought from Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar a “time-bound inquiry” into the Handwara firing.

Mehbooba, who is on her maiden visit after assuming post of Chief Minister, met Parrikar and Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu separately.

In her meeting with Parrikar, she sought a time bound probe saying it will will act as a deterrent against such incidents in future.

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