Alleging that a jawan killed a boy who had strayed inside Army's premises, Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday asked it to hand over the accused to state police.
She also announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to the family of the boy.
"The jawan could have easily realised that the 13 year-old who tried to climb a tree was not an extremist or terrorist. It is condemnable that the boy was shot. Such opening of fire is not acceptable," she said in a statement soon after the boy was declared dead.
She said the chief secretary has written to the General Officer Commanding to hand over the army jawan, "who committed this brutal act," to state police.
"I will ensure that proper legal action is initiated against him," she said, urging people to maintain calm.
Sympathising with the family of the deceased, she announced a compensation of Rs five lakh from the chief minister's relief fund.
The deceased's family claimed the Army shot at him, a charge denied by the latter. The boy had trespassed into an army enclave near Island Grounds in Chennai.