Opened fire to protect ammunition: IG BSF

ABHINAV VERMA

Jammu, July 18: Inspector General (IG) of Border Security Force (BSF), Rajiv Kumar Thursday claimed that the forces personnel of 76 battalion camp Ramban opened fire on the protestors in a bid to stop the ‘furious mob’ from taking over Contingency Operation Base (COB) with huge stocks of arms and ammunition inside.
Addressing media persons in a hurriedly called press conference here, IG BSF also tried to clear BSF of the charges of opening fire on civilians saying that there were state police and CRPF personnel also and one can not say who actually opened the fire. He said since the clash happened inside BSF camp, the fingers are being pointed towards BSF.
Justifying the BSF action, he said that the security forces acted as per guidelines to protect the arms and ammunition and used minimum force to disperse the protestors.
He claimed that the behavior of the protestors was not that of law abiding citizens and there was the possibility of the presence of “anti-national” elements among them. He said that the situation went out of control when the protestors attacked and injured one of the BSF man.
Giving his account of the circumstances which led to the incident, he said last night BSF party intercepted a suspect near Dussar Nallah and when they tried to question him, he refused to cooperate and raised false alarm and attracted other people who staged a strong protest.
However, he said the situation was soon brought under control with the intervention of district administration and state police, who also initiated an inquiry.
He said that instead of having faith in inquiry, the local people again staged a protest outside the BSF camp this morning at 6.30 am but later dispersed.
“They again gathered at 9.30 am this time in much large numbers and despite repeated pleas refused to disperse” he said adding that seeing the situation going out of control the security forces opened fire. He said the security forces had no other option as they could not risk huge arms ammunition, including automatic guns to fall in the hands of protestors and allow their misuse.
He also refuted the allegations of desecration of holy Quran inside the Mosque at Shaddi Kentha Morh, saying the BSF was highly professional force and has regard for all religions and their scriptures.

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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