Boy `shot dead` by security personnel in J&K

Last Updated: Friday, February 5, 2010 - 19:47

Srinagar: A teenaged boy was shot dead in the
outskirts of the city leading to fresh protests by people who
blamed the CRPF for the killing, a charge denied by the
paramilitary force.

Zahid Farooq Shah (17) was shot in the chest at
Kralisangri-Brain near Nishat, 12 kms from here, and later
succumbed at Soura Medical Institute, Senior Superintendent of
Police (Srinagar) Riyaz Bedar said here.
Terming the killing of the boy as "unfortunate", Bedar
said "the killing of the boy is a mystery. We have registered
a case to identify the culprits."

Quoting eye-witnesses, he said some boys were sitting on
the roadside when an unidentified security vehicle came and
fired at them.

As his body was handed over to his family, a large number
of people came out of their houses and joined the protests
demanding stern action against the "erring" personnel.

The CRPF, however, denied that its personnel were
involved in the killing. "None of our jawans opened fire. CRPF
was neither deployed nor patrolling the area at the time of
the incident," its spokesman P Tripathi said.
The killing of the boy comes at a time when the valley is
on the boil since Sunday following the death of class VII
student Wamik Farooq in alleged teargas shelling by police.

Senior police and civil officials have rushed to the
scene to pacify the protestors.


First Published: Friday, February 5, 2010 - 19:47

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