Nearly five days after a 23-year-old youth was killed by the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) after being suspected of being a Naxalite, Karnataka police have registered an FIR and detained the constable who fired the shots at Mohammed Kabeer in the pre-dawn hours of April 19 at the Thanikodu checkpost on the Sringeri-Karkala route.
ANF police constable Naveen G Naik, a recipient of the 2012 President’s Gallantry medal for anti-Naxal operations, has been detained at the Sringeri police station following a complaint by Umar Farooq, one of the three other persons in the pick-up truck along with Kabeer when it was stopped at the check post for inspection by a joint team of local police officials and the ANF personnel at 3:30 am on April 19.
The ANF has claimed that Kabeer was killed after he and his associates acted suspiciously and tried to flee the scene when confronted by the police team. The ANF said its personnel suspected the men to be Naxals, leading constable Naik to open fire. Naik has been detached from the ANF operation and asked to report to the Sringeri police station.