BSF Refutes News Of Beating Rafiabad Youth 

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Srinagar: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday rebutted a news report that claimed a youth was beaten up by its men in Rafiabad area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday.

Quoting eyewitnesses, a local news gathering agency Kashmir News Observer on Thursday had reported that a 22-year-old youth Mohammad Rafi Ahangar was critically injured after being hit with a stick on his head by a member of BSF’s road opening party. The KNO report had also quoted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sopore, Javid Iqbal as saying that the youth was injured during scuffle with a road opening party of BSF in the area.

The news story was carried by Kashmir Observer, with due credit to the news agency.

However,  a BSF spokesperson in a statement issued here refuted the news report terming it inaccurate and aimed to tarnish the image of a disciplined force like BSF.

“Whereas, the matter of fact is that on 18 June 2020 at about 1205 Hrs, BSF ROP was engaged in their duty of regulating the traffic near Chakloo canal area on Baramulla-Kupwara road at the time of passing-by of SFs convoy. During that time two persons on a bike tried to overtake the convoy in spite of repeated signals by the ROP piquet to halt. Somehow, the rider applied sudden brakes just in front of a BSF ROP member and hit his left leg,” the BSF spokesperson said.

He said due to the sudden jerk, the pillion rider Mohammad Rafi Ahangar fell of the bike due to which he suffered injuries.

“He was taken to Government Hospital, Baramulla for treatment,” the spokesperson said.

“It is further brought to light that no orchard exists in the vicinity, as mentioned in the news report, where the incident occurred,” he added.

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