J&K Killings: Murder Case Filed Against Army

22 February 2009
The Times of India


Srinagar: 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 on Sunday registered a murder case against the army.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 on Sunday evening. 'An enquiry has been ordered into the incident to identify the facts,' an army spokesman said. Authorities have imposed curfew in Sopore. 'Curfew was promulgated in Sopore town as a precautionary measure,' deputy commissioner Baramulla Baseer Ahmad Khan said adding that the step was taken to maintain law and order in view of tense situation in the town as well as its adjoining areas. However, sources said thousands of people took to streets at Bomie-Sopore and staged a massive demonstration on Sunday morning demanding punishment for security personnel, who allegedly fired at the youths on Saturday evening killing two of them. The protesters carrying the body of one of the deceased also demanded withdrawal of troops from the area. Fearing trouble, the authorities imposed curfew in Sopore. Meanwhile, acting chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Mohammad Ashraf Sahrai was placed under house arrest to stop him from visiting Sopore to lead the funeral of one of the two youths. 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. 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.