Troops Fired In Self Defence: BSF

Troops Fired In Self Defence: BSF

25 July 2013
Rising Kashmir


New Delhi: The BSF report into the killing of four civilians by police and BSF men in Gool, Ramban on July 18 has said its personnel, along with state police, had to fire as the mob was running down the camp of the para-military force. “Submitting its initial report on the incident to the Union Home Ministry, the BSF said its troops were 'forced' and 'compelled' to fire in accordance of the 'standard operating procedures' laid down for the safety of personnel and the weapons,” official sources said. It said the troops had fired in self-defence to save its men and weapons. “The BSF has already ordered a Staff Court of Inquiry into the incident but has not named any individual”. The report has been prepared by Special Director General of BSF Dilip Trivedi who had visited the spot after the July 18 incident. The report contains annexures explaining the versions of both paramilitary and state police personnel and has also appended photographs of the spot. The BSF is guarding the railway line being laid in this area. The report has stated that the firing was done both by the BSF and the state police. The latest inquiry has also found that the earlier version sent by its Jammu frontier was correct. The BSF denied charges of sacrilege as claimed by the locals and said 25-year-old Mohammed Latif had made these baseless allegations against the personnel as he was stopped and questioned about his presence in the area. It claimed the man ran into a religious place and made an announcement on loudspeakers claiming that BSF personnel had committed sacrilege prompting a crowd of around 400-500 persons outside the BSF post Dharam. Four people were killed and 44 injured when BSF and policemen fired on people in Gool, Ramban on July 18. The people were protesting against alleged desecration of Holy Quran and beating of local Imam by border guards. The government has also launched a magisterial inquiry into the incident and the local police have detained the station incharge Sub Inspector Afzal Wani till their investigations in the case were over.