Police to constitute SIT

KHALID GUL

Pulwama, Dec 31: After filing a criminal case against Army for allegedly opening fire on civilians in this South Kashmir town on Friday, police will take up the investigations soon by constituting a Special Investigating Team (SIT). The government has already ordered magisterial inquiry into the incident.
“An SIT headed by a police official of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police will soon be constituted which will look into the reasons of the Army action,” said a senior police official.
He said the team will identify the Army persons who fired on the civilians in Pulwama town and challan will be subsequently produced in the court.
A criminal case (FIR no. 399/2012) under sections 148, 149, 336 and 307 of Ranbir Penal Code has been filed against the Army.
The FIR has been filed Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles for allegedly opening fire on a Sumo cab near Rajpora Chowk in the main town when it was ferrying the people, injured in forces firing at Chandigam (Bubgam) village, to district hospital.
Six people were injured in Chandigam village when forces fired on protesters who were demanding bodies of two local militants killed in an encounter. A stray bullet hit another person when forces fired all around while leaving the village. Later, when the injured were being rushed to hospital they were again fired at Rajpora Chowk in Pulwama town allegedly by Army injuring two more persons accompanying one of the injured.
The government on Friday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and asked the Additional District Magistrate Pulwama to submit report within 15 days.
The victims and eyewitnesses blamed soldiers for ‘unprovoked firing’ on the cab.
“My brother Jehangir was in the house when he was hit by a stray bullet. We lifted him in a Sumo cab. On reaching Rajpora Chowk, our driver tried to overtake an Army vehicle. This infuriated the Army and they first deflated the tyres of our cab with bursts of gunfire and then pointed their guns at us and fired indiscriminately, injuring me and my two cousins Gowhar and Showkat,” Ashiq Ahmad, 17, admitted in SMHS Hospital Srinagar, said. Already injured Jehangir received another bullet in the firing, he said.
“The Army men had murderous intentions. Before shooting us, they made sure to deflate the tyres so that the cab is left defunct,” he added. Eyewitnesses had said that the Army fired all around after they got stuck in a traffic jam.
Army has already denied involvement in any firing incident.
“We were ferrying the injured Major in an ambulance to hospital and police vehicles were escorting us,” an Army official had said. He had said that the police vehicles were escorting the ambulance carrying the injured Army officer up to about 10 kilometers from Chandipora village to Pulwama town wherefrom Army escorted the ambulance to Srinagar.
“There were some Sumo vehicles which were chasing us, pelting stones and shouting slogans.  But we exercised maximum restraint. Three army personnel were looking after the injured Army Major who was profusely bleeding. How could they fire in that situation? We don’t know what happened afterwards,” the officer had said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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