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Baramulla: Army says youth not killed in firing by its troopers

PTI  Srinagar, March 06, 2013
First Published: 01:39 IST(6/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:41 IST(6/3/2013)

Army on Tuesday said it has ordered an internal inquiry into the firing incident in Baramulla district of Kashmir in which a youth was killed, but claimed it was not due to army firing.

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An Army spokesman, in a statement, said an inquiry has been ordered into the incident in which Tahir Latief Sofi was killed, to "find out the truth."

The spokesman said a foot patrol unit of the Army was attacked by a mob, creating a life-threatening situation for the personnel.

He said the personnel opened firing in air, which could not have caused death of the youth.

The spokesman said there were intelligence inputs with regard to the plans by terrorists to entangle Army personnel, particularly in Baramulla, in a protest and to attack the Army taking shield of the crowd with a view to trigger large-scale violence.

"This needs to be probed in detail by police," the Army spokesperson said.


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