Shopian killings: No witness turns up to depose.
No witness turned up to depose before the judicial commission appointed to probe the killing of four youths in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) firing in Shopian on September 7.india Updated: Nov 24, 2013 20:12 IST
No witness turned up to depose before the judicial commission appointed to probe the killing of four youths in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) firing in Shopian on September 7.
Justice ML Koul (retd), who was appointed head of the commission last month, visited Shopian on Saturday, but no witnesses turned up to depose before him.
Widespread protests were witnessed after the deaths, which took place on the day internationally-renowned orchestra conductor Zubin Maestro performed at Shalimar Gardens here.
Koul said the witnesses were asked to depose before the commission on Saturday and a notice was also issued in this regard.
Koul said he would set another date for recording statements of civilian witnesses before proceeding any further.
"I will cross-examine the accused CRPF men only after recording the statements of civilian witnesses," he said.
Four people were killed in firing at Gagran in Shopian district on September 7, 55 km from here.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah had ordered a judicial probe into the killings after the CRPF claim that all the deceased were militants, a version contested by locals.
Police said three of the four killed were locals with no record of any involvement in militant activities, but maintained the fourth was a Pakistani militant.