Srinagar, August 13: The Jammu and Kashmir Police registered case against the Border Security Force (BSF) for the murder of 26-year-old Bilal Ahmad Bhat, even as south Kashmir’s Pulwama district observed complete shutdown with intermittent clashes.
However, The BSF has filed a counter-complaint with the police stating that its personnel were fired upon first from within the mob and they retaliated only to avert a life threatening situation.
Bilal was killed yesterday in Malangpora village during protests that broke after a gunfight in which two local Lashkar-e-Toiba militants Showkat Ahmed and Gulzar Ahmed were killed.
The killing of militants in Ratnipora, Pulwama, had sparked protests in the adjoining villages including Malangpora.
The FIR has been registered after the J&K Government ordered a magisterial probe into the killing of a civilian.
“We have registered a case in connection with the killing of Bilal Ahmed and investigation has been taken up,” said a senior police officer in south Kashmir.
“The BSF men have been charged under section 302 RPC,” said the officer.
“The probe into the killing of a youth will be conducted by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza,” Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Niraj Kumar told The Tribune.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown followed a call by senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was witnessed across Pulwama district. There were also reports of intermittent clashes.
The slain militants were buried in their respective villages this evening. Bilal’s funeral and burial was held on Wednesday in his native Padgampora village of Pulwama.
Scores of people attended the youth’s funeral and following the burial clashed with the police and CRPF personnel. However, there were no reports of injury to anybody during the clashes.
Schools, offices and commercial establishments across Pulwama remained closed throughout the day.
The police and CRPF personnel were deputed across the main town and some other places with full riot gear and carrying automated weapons.
In Newa and Padgampora villages angry people attacked the CRPF camps with stones.
Intermittent incidents of stone throwing were also reported from Pulwama town.
However, the situation by and large remained peaceful, said a senior police officer from the area.