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12 record statements in Baramulla youth’s killing

Srinagar, March 19, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, at least a dozen people have recorded their statements before the enquiry officer probing the recent killing of a youth by Indian troops in Baramulla town.

The youth, Tahir Ahmad Sofi, was martyred when the troops of 46 Rashtriya Rifles fired upon a group of protesters near the old town Baramulla on March 5.

The killing sparked massive demonstrations across the Valley. Fearing that situation might go out of control, the authorities had clamped curfew in major towns and districts of the Valley, while the police had filed a case against the RR unit.

Two days after the killing, the puppet regime announced a time bound magisterial probe. Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Baramulla, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri, was nominated as the enquiry officer to probe the incident. The officer was asked to submit his report in a month’s time.

At least a dozen youth have deposed before the enquiry officer in the last 11 days to record their statements. The number could have been higher had the eyewitnesses been allowed to record their statements before the enquiry officer.

Curfew and curbs hampered the investigation. Most of the eyewitnesses were unable to get their statements recorded because the old town was under siege for nearly a week.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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