Army booked for murder in Handwara


Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 19: In a recent Handwara Killing where Army took lives of Five persons by opening fire on them after a mob tried to set afire their bunker and ransack it, Police have registered a murder case against 21-Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of Army in Police Station Handwara.

A senior Police officer told a Local Daily that a case (FIR No 131/2016) under Section 302 of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) was registered against 21-Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of Army.

He said that army had opened fire on the protesters who were protesting against alleged molestation attempt by an Army jawan. Army denied any molestation attempt by Army jawan and so did the Girl who later appeared in the video denying such allegations.


In the video the girl, however, said that molested by two boys. Sources said that Police yesterday night arrested one of the boys who alleged that the Handwara school girl was molested by an Army man that led to massive protests and firing by security forces and killing of 5 persons.

It all begin on April 12, When a mob,  assaulted the Army personnel, and attempted to set fire a army bunker after alleged molestation of a girl by an Army man.

The security forces, as per police, used force to make the situation under contrrolthat led to the killing of two persons Mohammad Iqbal and Nayeem Qadir Bhat.

In November 3, 2014 yet another murder case was registered against Army, When 53-RR of Army allegedly fired at a Maruti car in Chatergam in Budgam district killing two persons which they mistook as Fidayeen.

A senior police officer said that they have registered four FIRs in Handwara incident. The first FIR (No. 130/2016) was registered under Sections 509, 506, 341, 354 RPC against those who spread rumor of molestation of the girl, second FIR is against army (FIR No. 131/2016) under Section 302 against army unit for opening fire upon protesters, third FIR (No. 132/2016) under Sections 148, 149, 307, 436 RPC against the group of people who set on fire bunkers and vandalized Government property and fourth FIR (No. 133/2016) under Sections 148, 149, 307, 332, 427, 511 RPC against the group of people for attacking Police Station and damaging vehicles.

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara yesterday suspended five Government employees who provoked Local Youth for stone pelting in their areas.

The Deputy Commissioner has directed the Sub Divisional Magistrate Lolab to conduct enquiry in a period of 15 Days.

The suspended employees have been identified as Ghulam Rasool Sheikh, Master, Farooq Ahmad Bhat Teacher, Abdul Ahad Bhat, Peon, Hussam-ud-Din Shah, Peon and Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Rather, a mechanic in Irrigation and Flood Control.

One of the main demands of protesters that demands the removel of  the bunker from Handwara main chowk has been accepted said the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara and the place will be handed over to the Tourism and Social Forestry Department.

The district administration Kupwara today relaxed the curfew at 8 am for three hours after five days. As shops and other essential supply establishments opened in the two townships and people were busy in shopping, hundreds of youth took to streets and staged protests against the last week’s recent killings. They pelted stones on police and Police fired teargas shells and chased them away.

The protesters at Handwara have demanded murder case against accused security men and transfer of all police personnel from the district.
Soon after the violence, the police strictly re-imposed the curfew and additional contingents of security forces were brought in both Handwara and Kupwara towns.

The clashes also broke out in various town of Kupwara district. Till now 12 persons are said to be injured including Handwara.

Students from various universities including Kashmir University, Central University of Kashmir and Islamic University of Science and Technology came out to protest against the recent civilian killings at Handwara and Kupwara.

However, these protestors ended the protest on peaceful note.

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