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Police to question BSF officer over Kashmir teen's killing

india Updated: Feb 13, 2010 14:37 IST
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The Jammu and Kashmir police is likely to question a senior Border Security Force (BSF) officer after an arrested trooper said that he had "followed the orders of his boss" and fatally shot a teenager at Nishat on Feb 5.

"We are mulling questioning the CO following the disclosure of the trooper and 13 other BSF soldiers who were in the three-vehicle convoy," a police officer said.

The officer said that the CO of the 68 battalion, RK Birdi, will be called for questioning in a day or two.

The BSF has constituted an internal inquiry into the killing.

"The internal inquiry would be conducted by an Inspector General level officer as mandated under the procedure. The inquiry would ascertain the facts of the case and sequence of events in entirety," BSF sources said.

They added that all the details of the incident of the particular day will be scrutinised and the officers and other ranks of the force who accompanied constable Lakhvinder Kumar will be questioned in the inquiry, headed by BSF IG, Tripura Range.

The state government has also set up a time bound enquiry headed by the Kashmir divisional commissioner which is likely to submit its report next week.

16-year-old Zahid Farooq Shah was killed when he was shot at on February 5 after the occupants of a security vehicle opened fire at some boys sitting on the roadside.

The killing triggered massive protests in the region.

(With PTI and IANS inputs)