Slain Palhalan youth was innocent: Police

The youth killed in police firing in Palhalan area of Baramulla district on past Tuesday was innocent and nothing adverse was found against the victim, a senior police official said Sunday.

The youth killed in police firing in Palhalan area of Baramulla district on past Tuesday was innocent and nothing adverse was found against the victim, a senior police official said Sunday.

He said they were expecting the inquiry report within four days to initiate action against the guilty.

22-year-old Farooq Ahmad Bhat was killed in police firing, triggering Kashmir-wide shutdown and rage, and widespread condemnations from mainstream as well as separatist circles.

"He was innocent. Nothing adverse has been found in police records against the slain youth," Deputy Inspector General of Police (North Kashmir), Gareeb Das told Greater Kashmir.

"We expect the inquiry report within four days. The inquiry officer was given a week to complete the investigation. The inquiry report will lead to further action."

The DIG said police has provided deployment and other details to Inquiry Officer "for transparent inquiry."

"We gave inquiry officer the list of forces personnel deployed in the area that day. We have also given the list of weapons carried by the deployed personnel at the time of incident," he said, adding, "The list includes deployed personnel of Central Reserve Police, Armed Police and J&K Police. The inquiry officer is free to examine the security forces personnel."  

Das said for transparent and fast-track inquiry, the police department provided all necessary documents to the IO. "We don't want any roadblock in the inquiry. We want to have it complete in time so that the guilty are punished," he said.

Palhallan was on the boil for four days against Bhat's killing. The government then ordered an inquiry to be conducted by sub district magistrate Pattan. The officer has been asked to submit the report within a week.

J&K Governor NN Vohra asked Director General of Police to give him the report about the killing while Ministry of Home Affairs asked the forces to "avoid such incidents."

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