Watragam Firing: Murder Case Likely Against 2 CRPF Men


SRINAGAR: At least two CRPF personnel are likely to face murder charges in an ongoing investigation in the Watragam firing incident on Sunday that led to the death of a young local boy.

Though highly-placed sources said that the two paramilitary men had been placed under arrest, the police denied that any CRPF jawan had been taken into custody.

The sub-district magistrate for Sopore, Nayeem Balkhi, who is to conduct the inquiry into the firing, said that the two CRPF personnel from the 92nd battalion had opened fire without permission from a magistrate.

“An  FIR has been lodged against them,” he said. “They were booked under sections 147 and 148b of the Ranbir Penal Code, but when a youth succumbed to his injuries in hospital, the nature of the case has changed.”

“Now, they will certainly be booked under section 302,” he said.

“The CRPF didn’t follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) as they should have responded with cane-charges to deal with the stone-pelting incident,” he said.

Including the young fatality, five persons had been injured in the firing in the Watragam area of the Baramulla district on Sunday.

Fifteen-year-old Ubair Mushtaq had been hit in the abdomen, leading to heavy blood loss, and then death at the SKIMS the following day.

The superintendent of the police for Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain said that a murder case had been filed against the two CRPF personnel, but maintained that no arrests had been made so far. With inputs from CNS

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