BSF official sent to 10-day judicial custody

Last Updated: Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 19:19

Srinagar: A local court on Saturday sent a senior
BSF official, arrested in connection with the killing of a
teenaged boy, to 10 days judicial remand at the expiry
of three day police remand.

Commandant R K Birdi, arrested on Thursday in connection
with the killing of a 16-year-old Zahid Farooq, was produced
before the court of Chief Judicial magistrate (CJM) today at
the expiry of three days police remand and sent to ten days
judicial remand, police source said.
Meanwhile, Special invetigation team (SIT) probing the
killing of a Zahid last month, is likely to file a chargesheet
against Birdi and constable Lakhvinder Kumar in the court

The investigation in the case related to killing of Zahid
at Brein Nishat on February five is almost complete and the
chargesheet in the court will be filed within next few days,
sources said.

They said the investigation of the SIT into the case was
delayed as Birdi`s arrest took some time.

Birdi was arrested on Thursday after he surrendered to the
police (City East) for questioning with regard to his alleged
role in the firing incident that killed Zahid.
Birdi`s name surfaced in the case after the arrest of BSF
Jawan Lakhvinder Kumar, who was handed over to police after
internal investigations by the paramilitary force claimed that
his service rifle was used to kill Zahid, an incident which
had triggered massive protests in the valley.

Zahid was killed at Brein -Nishat after he along with his
friends had entered into an altercation with BSF personnel who
were on their way to Shalimar for a medical check-up.

The BSF commandant had filed an anticipatory bail before a
sessions court last week but withdrew the same a day before
surrendering before the SIT.

Birdi was placed under suspension on February 14.

Meanwhile, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar, Mohd
Ibrahim Wani directed the police to release the BSF vehicles
seized by it following teenager`s murder on February 5.

However, Wani said "BSF shall not take these vehicles
outside Kashmir without the court`s permission".


First Published: Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 19:19
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