Kashmir Police Register FIR Against Army

Kashmir Police Register FIR Against Army

6 March 2013
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Srinagar: The police has registered a case against an Indian Army unit for its alleged involvement in the shooting in Baramulla district which claimed the life of a man. The killing of the 25-year-old, who was part of a group protesting the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, has sparked tension across the Kashmir valley with curfew being imposed in the jurisdiction of 10 police stations in Srinagar, Baramulla and Sopore. In its FIR, the police has registered a case against unknown Army personnel and a Colonel Dalbinder Singh from the 46 Rashtriya Rifles unit for firing at the mob, reported NDTV. However, given the armed forces in the state operate under the contentious Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act it is unlikely there will be any arrests made unless sanctioned by the Army. The Army has, however, denied any involvement in the incident. “Army reiterates that Tariq Ahmad’s death could not have been caused due to the firing by the Army personnel as extreme caution was exercised by them and the fire was deliberately aimed in the air,” the Indian Army’s northern command was quoted as saying in a statement issued. The killing of the man in Baramulla has been the cause of intense debate in the Kashmir Assembly and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had also delivered an emotional speech on the matter yesterday. There has also been a debate over the Armed Forces Special Protection Act (AFSPA) being repealed in the state, which has further intensified after the killing of the protester.