by Syed Amjad Shah Jammu, July 18: Contradicting the statement of IG BSF about the turn of events in Gool, eyewitnesses have revealed how the troopers beat the local cleric and desecrated religious books Wednesday night before firing indiscriminately at the protesters next morning.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, critically injured Parvez Ahmad said he was the first one to reach the Madrasa as soon as the BSF men left the area. “Four BSF men, three in uniform and one in civies, entered the Mudarsa and they thrashed Moulvi Abdul Latief,” Ahmed said, adding that one of the troops went ahead and tore up some religious books.
He said some BSF men tore the religious books while others trained guns at a person who was later killed men in Thursday’s unprovoked firing.
“The locals had gathered in the area and protested peacefully for the entire night,” he recalled, adding that around 8.30 AM people went to the BSF camp with Deputy Commissioner, Ramban and police officials.
“We wanted to resolve the issue. Our demand was to punish those who desecrated the religious books, but before we could reach there for talks, the BSF opened indiscriminate fire killing four persons on spot and injuring many others.”
He said the first person who was killed in the firing was Manzoor Ahmed Shan, a lecturer at Government Higher Secondary School, Gool.
“A bullet fired by a police officer hit Manzoor in the head and he died on the spot. I took him to one side when BSF troops fired from inside the post. One of the bullets passed though backside of his head,” he said.
Parvez said two bullets hit his leg when he was trying to shift Manzoor’s body.
“We were targeted both by police as well as BSF and the administration failed to control the situation,” he alleged.
“Instead of asking the security forces and police to stop firing at innocent people, the Deputy Commissioner and Dy SP fled from there,” Shahbaz Mirza, Zonal President of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) told Rising Kashmir.
Mirza said people were angry over the Deputy Commissioner’s statement who said proper investigation would be carried into the incident and report will be submitted in a month.
“We were surprised on hearing his statement. How can a DC be so casual in his approach when such a serious incident has taken place,” he questioned.
Mirza added that when the incident occurred Wednesday night, the concerned Tehsildar took up the issue with the BSF Commandant but the matter was not resolved.
He alleged that police and administration could have avoided killing people by restricting them in their respective areas.
“There was chaos and confusion. People were killed in a pre-planned manner,” the PDP leader said. Mirza had suffered bullet injury in left hand and right leg.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Ajit Kumar Sahu and senior police officials visited the injured at GMC Hospital.
courtesy: Rising Kashmir