J-K killings: Murder case against Army,curfew in town

Curfew was imposed in Sopore town in north Kashmir that witnessed massive protests after two youths were killed and another was wounded in a firing incident even as a case was registered against the Army in this regard.

Written by Agencies | Srinagar | Published:February 22, 2009 4:51 pm

Even as Jammu and Kashmir Government ordered a magisterial enquiry into the firing incident in Sopore town in which two youths were killed and another critically wounded,police registered a murder case against army in this regard.

Police station Sopore registered an FIR 73/09 under section 302 against the army,police sources said.

The Army has also ordered an enquiry into the incident that occurred last evening.

“An enquiry has been ordered into the incident to identify the facts,” an army spokesman said.

Police said the situation in the town was “tense” but under control after Mohammad Amin Tantray of Bomie-Sopore and Javid Ahmad of Muslimpeer-Sopore were killed and Firdous Ahmad was critically injured in the firing.

Official sources said prohibitory orders under section 144,promulgated last evening in the town,continue to be in force but locals allege that curfew has been imposed there and citizens are not being allowed to move out of their houses.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah,who is currently on a three-day tour of the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch ordered a magisterial enquiry into the incident and asked for the report to be submitted within 15 days.

While locals allege Army personnel moving in a bullet-proof vehicle resorted to firing at a place near a local bus stand without any provocation,the Army said militants in combat dress opened fire to escape from security forces.

The incident sparked off massive protests in the town last evening following which paramilitary forces opened fire at the agitators,injuring five people,official sources said.

DIG North Kashmir Abdul Gani Mir yesterday said,”We are investigating the nature of the incident as people complained that Army opened fire while Army says the casualties occurred in crossfire after a militant opened fire on them. We are investigating what actually happened.”

Col Sanjeev,Commander of 22 Rashtriya Rifles said,”Our trooper was searching vehicles in the area. Two militants wearing ‘pheran’ (loose gown worn by Kashmiris during cold) refused to alight from a vehicle. When the trooper asked them to raise their hands they opened fire killing two persons.”

Mass protests in J-K town over youths killing,curfew imposed

Curfew was imposed in Sopore town in north Kashmir that witnessed massive protests after two youths were killed and another was wounded in a firing incident even as a case was registered against the army in this regard.

“Curfew was promulgated in Sopore town as a precautionary measure,” Deputy Commissioner of Baramulla Baseer Ahmad Khan told PTI.

The move came after thousands of people took to the streets at Bomie-Sopore and staged a massive demonstration this morning demanding punishment for security personnel,who allegedly fired at the youths last evening in which Mohammad Amin Tantray and Javid Ahmad died and Firdous Ahmad was injured.

The protesters carrying the body of one of the deceased also demanded withdrawal of troops from the area.

Meanwhile,a FIR under section 302 was lodged against the army at the Sopore police station,police sources said.

The army has also ordered an inquiry into the incident,a spokesman said.

Police said the situation in the town was “tense” but under control.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and sought for a report within 15 days.

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