After outrage, police registers case; Army ‘regrets’ killings

After soldiers killed two youth in north Kashmir’s Handwara district following protests over molestation of a girl student by an army man there, the Army issued a statement “regretting” the civilian killings.
After outrage, police registers case; Army ‘regrets’ killings
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After soldiers killed two youth in north Kashmir's Handwara district following protests over molestation of a girl student by an army man there, the Army issued a statement "regretting" the civilian killings.

"We deeply regret the civilian killings. Investigations have been ordered and if anybody is found guilty, he would be brought to book," Army's Srinagar-based spokesman, Lt Colonel NN Joshi, claimed. 

He said investigations have been taken up and "will also cover the allegations of molestation bid by an army man."

Kashmir's Inspector General of Police, Syed JavidMujtabaGilani, said the police have registered a case and taken up investigations. "We will investigate the allegations of molestation and also the circumstances that led to the killing of two youth," he said. 

Director General of Police (DGP) K Rajindra Kumar said situation was under control in Handwara. 

Meanwhile, General officer Commanding in Chief (GoC-in-C) of Army's northern command, Lt General DS Hooda conveyed the decision of initiating an inquiry into the Handwara "incident", to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. 

Army sources said Hooda also assured the Chief Minister that the demand of Handwara locals about shifting of army bunker would be looked into.  

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