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Army not assisting in Chattergam killings probe: Police

Srinagar, December 06, 2015 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the investigation into the killing of two youth by Indian Army’s Rashtriya Rifles (RR) personnel in Chattergam area of Badgam district last year has hit a roadblock as police said that Army is not cooperating in the probe.

On November 3, 2014, troops of 53 RR opened fire on a Maruati car in Chattergam killing Faisal Ahmad Butt, Meraj-ud-din Ahmad Dar and injuring Muhammad Zahid Naqash and Muhammad Shaker Butt.

After the killings, massive protests broke out in Kashmir, forcing police to register a murder case against the Indian Army. The FIR mentions, “Police station received information through reliable sources that troops of 53 Rashtriya Rifles had established a naka at general road Chattergam. During the naka duty, troops opened fire on a Maruati car bearing registration number JK0IR-0321 with intention to kill the boys in it. As a result, two boys have succumbed to the injuries on the spot while two seriously injured boys have been taken to Srinagar.”

In the FIR, the police have slapped charges under Section 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) against the Army. The FIR also mentions that case is of special nature. A senior police officer, who is part of the investigating team, said that they have recorded statements of the injured boys. “We have recorded statements of at least two dozen civilians and have collected other evidence.

Though a case of murder has been registered against the Army, but no Army personnel has been questioned or detained so far,” he said. “We have written eight letters to Army in last one year. They have not responded at all,” the officer said, adding that non-cooperation of Army has stalled the investigation.

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

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