BSF Hands Over Jawan For Killing Teen In J&K

BSF Hands Over Jawan For Killing Teen In J&K

10 February 2010
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir police on Wednesday arrested a BSF constable for allegedly killing a 16-year-old boy at Nishat in Srinagar on Friday last. The killing triggered a wave of violent street protests across the Valley laving around 120 people injured. Zahid Farooq's killing, the second of a teenager within a week in police action, fuelled anger as shops and businesses remained shuttered in protest. The authorities had put up steel barricades and concertina wires at several places in Srinagar to prevent protests. Special BSF DG P S Sidhu said the paramilitary force's internal inquiry revealed prima-facie possibility of its 68th Battalion constable Lakhvinder Kumar's involvement in the incident. 'Kumar was suspended and handed over to the police for further investigations,' said Sidhu. Srinagar SSP Javid Riyaz Bedar said Kumar was booked for Zahid Farooq's murder and subjected to intense grilling to find out involvement of the other BSF personnel accompanying him. Kumar's arrest came after home minister P Chidambaram pledged to help the state government in identifying the alleged killers. CM Omar Abdullah had raised the issue with Chidambaram on sidelines of a meeting on internal security in New Delhi. Omar said government wouldn't tolerate human rights violation. 'I ensure the people that nobody would be allowed to act against law abiding citizens,' said Omar, reacting to Kumar's arrest. The inquiry to probe Zahid's killing instituted by CM Abdullah is likely to submit its report on Friday. Zahid's father, Farooq Ahmad Sheikh, said Kumar wasn't the only one involved and sought action against others as well.


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