J&K youth killing: Probe ordered, Army tenders apology

Last Updated: Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 22:39

Srinagar: A magisterial inquiry was on Saturday
ordered by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah into
the "accidental" killing of a youth in Baramulla district by
the Army even as head of Srinagar-based 15 Corps apologized to
the family of the deceased.

Ashiq Hussain Rather, a resident of Lesar village near
Watargam in Rafiabad area of Baramulla district, 75 km from
here, died after being hit by a single bullet around 9 pm yesterday, officials said.

Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani, who was
camping at the spot along with DGP Kuldeep Khoda and Lt Gen SA Hasnain, met parents of the deceased and the local people
and assured them of speedy justice.

"The sub-divisional magistrate will conduct a probe into
the death of Ashiq Hussain and submit its report within one
month," he said.

Lt Gen Hasnain, who apologised to the family of the
deceased, ordered an internal probe into the circumstances
leading to the death of 22-year-old Ashiq.

Both the enquiries were decided upon in consultation with
the family of the deceased, the officials said.

An Army release said initial investigation of the
incident revealed that on the basis of "intelligence which
indicated presence of terrorists in the village, a column of
32 Rashtriya Rifles established a cordon near a group of
houses.

"The sub-divisional magistrate will conduct a probe into
the death of Ashiq Hussain and submit its report within one
month," he said.

Lt Gen Hasnain, who apologised to the family of the
deceased, ordered an internal probe into the circumstances
leading to the death of 22-year-old Ashiq.

Both the enquiries were decided upon in consultation with
the family of the deceased, the officials said.

An Army release said initial investigation of the
incident revealed that on the basis of "intelligence which
indicated presence of terrorists in the village, a column of
32 Rashtriya Rifles established a cordon near a group of
houses.



First Published: Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 18:13

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