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Shopian case: Recording of statements deferred by another week

PTI  Srinagar, September 29, 2013
First Published: 17:53 IST(29/9/2013) | Last Updated: 17:55 IST(29/9/2013)

The inquiry officer, probing into the killing of five persons allegedly by CRPF in Shopian earlier this month, has extended the recording of statements of witnesses by another week.

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District magistrate, Shopian, Bashir Ahmad Bhat has extended the time period for recording of statements or sharing of information by the general public by a week up to October 5, an official spokesman said.

He said the interested persons can visit the office of the district magistrate between 11am to 3pm up to the extended date.

Four persons were killed by CRPF outside their camp at Gagran on September 7 allegedly in retaliation to a militant attack, while another person was shot dead by the troops on September 11 during a protest demonstration in support of the demand for removal of the camp and arrest of the CRPF personnel involved in the killings.

The state government on September 12 ordered a magisterial inquiry into the firing incidents and appointed Bhat as the inquiry officer.

The officer first issued a notice calling upon witnesses to depose before him in connection with the killings from September 16 to September 21. However, nobody came forward to depose before the inquiry officer. The date was then extended by a week up to September 28.

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