Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday handed over to its top investigative agency CB-CID, the probe into the killing of a 13-year-old boy who died of gunshot injuries after he trespassed into an army area at Island Grounds.
"The case has been transferred to the CB-CID (Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Branch) and they have taken over the probe" a top police official said.
Dilshan was allegedly shot at when he tried to pluck some `badam` (almond) fruit from the premises, housing residential quarters and succumbed to injuries at the Government Hospital.
The army spokesperson yesterday maintained there was no armed guard inside the entire colony, located in the Island ground locality near the State Secretariat.
The army termed the incident as "very unfortunate," and said it would not allow the guilty to go scot-free.
"We have constituted a board of officers to carry out a proper search of the area including the houses adjoining the scene of the incident. The process of search is going on in detail," Brigadier (Administration) Sashi Nair said.
Condemning the killing, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday had said that an army jawan had opened fire on the teenager, who succumbed to injuries in a government hospital later.
Jayalalithaa, who ordered a compensation of Rs five lakh to the victim`s family, said the Chief Secretary had written to the General Officer Commanding to hand over the army jawan "who committed this brutal act," to the state police.