April 2016 News

2 Die In Army Firing In Valley

12 April 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: Two youths were killed when security forces opened fire on protesters in north Kashmir's Handwara town, 80 km from here, today. They were holding a protest against an alleged attempt by a soldier to molest a college girl. Those killed were identified as Mohammad Iqbal (22) and Nayeem Qadir Bhat (24). The killing of civilians sparked a fresh wave of anger in the Valley. The Army has regretted the killings and ordered a probe. 'Anybody found guilty will be dealt with as per the law,' it said. Protests erupted in Handwara around 3 pm following allegations by locals that a college girl was molested at a public lavatory by soldiers posted at a picket. Locals alleged that as the girl entered a lavatory, the Armymen tried to molest her. 'The girl raised an alarm. It triggered protests and people tried to march towards the Army post,' said Javeed Ahmed, a local resident. 'When a crowd tried to storm the bunker and set it on fire, the forces retaliated. Two persons were injured and later succumbed to injuries,' Kashmir IGP SJM Gillani said. 'We have registered a case and started investigations,' he said. The girl said, 'As I came out from the lavatory, a boy in uniform snatched my bag and started abusing me. A number of youths had also assembled there after which the trouble started.' However, the Kashmir IGP said the police were yet to record the girl's complete statement. While the state government has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident, separatists have called for a shutdown on Wednesday.