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Killing of Two Youths in Firing
CM promises action, probe blames Army
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, March 4
The Army seems to be in a tight spot over its role in the killing of two youths, Amin Tantray and Javaid Dar, as a report submitted by previous district commissioner Baseer Khan has reportedly indicted it.

Khan, who was Baramula’s DC at the time of incident on February 21, was asked by the government to carry out a probe, and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who was in Srinagar today, admitted that the report had reached the chief secretary.

The inquiry report has, officials said, brushed aside the Army’s claim that its party was fired upon by militants. Based on eyewitness accounts, police statements and empty shells found from the spot, the report said there was little evidence to validate the Army’s claims.

The report has also said that the Army did not follow the standard procedure adopted prior to an operation as local police officials said the Army did not inform them about the operation during which, as per army’s claims, militants fired upon it.

Omar Abdullah reiterated his claim that “anybody found guilty will be punished”, adding that zero tolerance on human rights violations was not a mere slogan.

The Army is unlikely to agree with the inquiry findings and the state government has rather limited powers when it comes to taking action against soldiers.

Meanwhile, the situation in Bomai continues to be tense and locals have kept markets closed and their wards away from schools since the incident. Current DC Lateef Deva told The Tribune he would talk to local residents to resolve the crisis. “The strike is still on. I will go there tomorrow to meet them,” he said.

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