‘DC encouraged BSF to open fire’


Srinagar, July 18: One of the eyewitnesses of Gool massacre alleged that Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ramban Shyam Vinod Meena bucked up the Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel to shoot at the civilians.
Ikhlaq Wani (24) the attendant of Nazir Ahmad here at SMHS, alleged that BSF killed civilians on the directions of DC Ramban.
Ikhlaq said some 20 thousand people were protesting and the BSF opened fire on them once DC arrived on the spot. “DC in front of us ordered opening of direct fire on protestors that led to the killing of civilians,” he said.
Pertinently, the state government this evening shifted DC Meena out of Ramban and replaced him with Muhammad Hussain Malik, who was presently posted as Director Estates.
“We were peacefully protesting against the desecration of Quran. They opened fire on us without any provocation,” said Muhammad Amin Wani (45), who has received multiple pellet injuries and is admitted in Surgical Ward of SMHS Hospital. “They opened fire on protestors at 7.10 am,” he added.
Wani said that on Wednesday after the Taraweeh prayers, four BSF troopers entered into the local Darasgah and desecrated Holy Quran. “They (BSF troopers) also beat up a youth inside the Darasgah and the incident took place at 10.45 pm Wednesday,” he said adding that they telephoned the local SHO and Dy SP and informed them about the incident. “In the meanwhile scores of the residents assembled outside the Darasgah but we were pacified by the police.” Wani, an employee in PWD said and added that in the morning people of Padam and its adjoining areas assembled and took out a protest rally. “Suddenly there was massive firing from the BSF camp and after that I do not know what happened,” Wani said.
Nazir Ahmad (35), another eyewitness, who has also received multiple pellet injuries said that the firing was unprovoked. He said that BSF soldiers beat the younger brother of owner of Darasgah Wednesday evening. “We were protesting against the BSF and opened fire,” he said. Nazir is an employee in Railway Construction.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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