BSF official sent to 10-day judicial custody
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 06, 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 soon.

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 06, 2010, 19:19

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