Srinagar, December 07: It’s been more than a year after two young boys were killed in the Chattergam village located in Budgam, that army men will depose before the police for recording their statements for the first time.
There has been delay of around an year in filing a challan regarding the case in the court and the police has blamed army. As per police sources, the Army was not cooperative during the investigation because of which there was such a delay.
Two young residents of Chattergam namely Faisal Yousuf (17) and Meraj-u-din Dar (21) were killed after Army men of the 53 Rashtriya Rifles battalion manning a checkpoint at Chattergam village in Budgam, opened fire on the car that the boys were travelling in on November 3rd last year.
Later the Army termed the incident ‘a mistake’ but the death of two young innocent boys sparked anger among the locals. There were other two who got injured during the firing. The police had recorded the the statements of the two injured boys and other civilian eyewitnesses during the investigation into the case last year only.
“We were not able to record the statements of men deployed at the naka. Also, the Army needed to deposit the weapons for forensic examination. But no response came from the Army which led to the delay in completion of the investigation”, said a senior police officer.
However, as per a senior Army Officer in Srinagar, “The Army has been extending full cooperation to the civil administration and the Jammu and Kashmir Police with respect to the Chattergam incident. Senior Army officers are maintaining constant liaison with the Budgam Senior Superintendent of Police. Deposition by witnesses is scheduled to commence tomorrow.”
This senior officer claims that the Army had completed a court of inquiry into the case and was waiting for the police and magisterial probe to move ahead in the case.
During the Army’s court of inquiry, around a dozen soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer of the 53 Rashtriya Rifles are alleged of violating rules of engagement in Chattergam.
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