J-K girl’s death: jawan relieved of services

A day after being arrested for the alleged murder of a college student in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district...

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Published:July 11, 2009 11:32 pm

A day after being arrested for the alleged murder of a college student in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district,a jawan of Territorial Army was relieved of his services. Ashiq Hussain Peer,a resident of Tregham Kupwara,had been serving in 160 Territorial Army Battalion based in Kupwara.

“We have already relieved Peer of his services,” Defence spokesman Col Uma Maheswara said. “After the case was brought to the notice of Army officials,for fair trial within four hours of the incident,the jawan was handed over to the police.”

“As per our reports,Peer and the girl studied together at Tregham higher secondary school. They were reportedly in touch with each other,” he said,adding this was purely an individual issue and the Army had nothing to do with his subsequent actions.

On Thursday,Kupwara had erupted in protests over the incident. Peer was arrested late at night. “We have already registered a murder case against Peer,” said Kupwara SSP Uttam Chand.

In protest against the incident,the Valley observed shutdown on Friday. The call for the strike was given by hardline Hurriyat Conference.

Police sources said Peer had barged into the house of Mohammad Asharf Masoodi at Muqam Doolipora -Trehgam on Wednesday and allegedly molested his sister Amina. When she raised an alarm,her two brothers entered the room and found an unidentified man. “When we tried to catch him,he jumped out of the window. A few men were waiting outside. His election card and mobile phone were left in the room,” said Amina’s brother.

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