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Magisterial probe indicts police in Anantnag firing incident

Last Updated: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 17:51

Srinagar: A magisterial inquiry ordered by
the Jammu and Kashmir government to probe into the June 29
firing incident in Anantang district, which left three
teenagers dead, has indicted police and recommended
appropriate action against them.

The report submitted to Anantnag deputy commissioner
Jipal Singh by the probe team last evening has indicted police
and also recommended action against some top officials of
police and district administration who were present at the
spot when the killing took place, officials said here today.
The 14-page report has established involvement of
policemen in the firing that killed three youths identified
as Ishtiyaq Ahmad (15) of S K Colony, Imtiyaz Ahmad Itoo (17)
of Watergam-Dialgam and Shujat-ul-Islam (17) of Anchdora.

The report said, "Minutes before the incident took place,
a Rakshak vehicle carrying six policemen including some
officers chased the youth protesting at Laizbal area of K P
Road up to the S K Colony, where they got down from the
vehicle and three policemen entered a bylane leading towards
Anchidora area where the incident took place."

As per the report, as the policemen entered the premises
of house in Anchidora area, several gun shots were heard and
seven person were found lying in a pool of blood.

"Some of the bullets were fired inside the compound of
the residential house," the report said.

The inquiry team also held responsible some top officials
of police and civil administration in the district for
delinquency in duties and suggested disciplinary action
against them, the sources said.
"Though the policemen who fired on the youth after
returning from the spot did conceal the facts before the
higher-ups to hide their wrong doings, but the top police and
civil administration officials who were supposed to preserve
the circumstantial evidence exhibited utter negligence in
finding the facts," the report said.

The report also blamed the police officers concerned of
manipulating the FIR and not furnishing the accurate details
about the use of ammunition by the accused policemen and
recommended action against the policemen and other officials
according to their level of "involvement in the crime".

The report said the accused policemen have already
confessed to their crime during the course of investigation.

The killing of the trio triggered violent protests in the
town following which the magisterial inquiry was ordered by
the government.


First Published: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 17:51
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