Srinagar: March 06:The Kashmir Valley is on edge and under curfew after a young man was killed, allegedly by the army, in Baramulla on Tuesday evening. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah broke down yesterday while discussing the firing. The police have registered an FIR against the army and has named a Colonel.Slug Sheet
- 24-year-old Tahir Ahmed Sofi was killed in North Kashmir’s Baramulla town, allegedly by the army, during protests on Tuesday evening.
- A large crowd had gathered to protest against army officers ransacking their homes and attacking vehicles. The army says it fired in the air.
- The police have, in a First Information Report, accused the troops, and their commander, Col Dalbinder Singh of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles of killing the young man, whose funeral was held last night.
- The Army has denied the charges. It has issued three statements which show discrepancies.
- First, the army said it acted in self-defense. Then, a second statement denied any involvement in the young man’s death. A third expressed regret over the killing and said a time-bound investigation will be conducted.
- Thousands of people later gathered in Baramulla and attacked the office of the District Magistrate, demanding action against those involved in the killing of the youth, according to news agency IANS.
- Internet services have been suspended in the Valley to prevent violence and the sharing of misinformation.
- Chief Minister Omar Abdullah broke down in the state legislative assembly last evening when the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) walked out in protest over the killing of the young man in Baramulla.
- He also reiterated his demand for the partial revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that gives blanket immunity to the army and the paramilitary forces deployed to fight militancy in areas declared “disturbed” under the act.
- The chief minister later dispelled rumours that he had decided to resign over the issue. He tweeted that if stepping down as chief minister could bring a man back to life, he would resign in a flash.
Meanwhile number of media persons were severely thrashed by police and paramilitary personnel at Habbakadal here when they were covering a protest march by people.
They included Rizvi Murtaza, Syed Shakoor, Aman Farooq and Firoz Ahmad. They were beaten with lathis and gun butts. Some of them were taken to hospital for treatment.
The affected media persons said they were covering the incident when the men in uniform without any provocation beat them.