August 2001 News

Army orders court of inquiry into firing incident

4 August 2001
The Hindustan Times

New Delhi: Army has ordered a Court of Inquiry into yesterday''s firing on a mourning procession at Magam in central Kashmir, even as the death toll in the incident has risen to two with one more person succumbing to injuries last night, a police spokesman. ''A case has been registered and investigations have started,'' the spokesman said, adding senior police officers are camping at Magam where a strike was observed to protest the firing. Meanwhile, Badgam district magistrate Rohit Kansal said government has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. ''The divisional commissioner has asked me to conduct the inquiry and orders will be issued in a day or so,'' Kansal told reporters. The spokesman said 10 persons were injured when army personnel opened fire in self-defence on a procession at Magam. A 12- year-old boy and a man later succumbed to injuries, he said. The procession was taken from Goigam village in connection with the 4th day ceremony of Hizbul Mujahideen battalion commander Mustafa Khan who was killed in an encounter on July 30.


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