SRINAGAR: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Wednesday denied that the police had filed a case against its personnel in the Watragam firing incident that left one person dead and four others injured on Sunday.
The police has lodged a first information report (FIR) against protestors and not against our men, the inspector general (IG) of the CRPF for the Kashmir Range, SS Sandhu, said.
The incident is still under investigation, but let me be clear that no FIR has been lodged against CRPF personnel as the police claims, the officer said, adding that the nature of the incident should be fully investigated.
District authorities in Baramulla yesterday said that the CRPF had not followed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) but opened fire without permission from the magistrate.
They said that two CRPF personnel had been booked for the firing in an FIR, and the charges would now certainly include murder after the death of an injured teenager in hospital.
Sandhu, however, insisted that his men were acting under SOPs, and would continue to operate as before.
There is no change, he said. Our men are authorised to carry fire arms along with them for safety. We will operate as we used to operate earlier, he said.
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