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Army orders probe in youth's death as police hint at troops' involvement

With the police investigation pointing fingers at the troops and its informers in the killing of a youth in north Kashmir last week, the army today ordered a probe by a senior officer into the incident, saying "action will be taken as per the law".

chandigarh Updated: Jul 31, 2012 11:43 IST
Peerzada Ashiq
Peerzada Ashiq
Hindustan Times

With the police investigation pointing fingers at the army and its informers' in the killing of a civilian in north Kashmir last week, the army on Monday ordered a probe by a senior officer into the incident saying "an action will be taken as per the law"

"Upholding the sentiments of the Awaam (people), the army will investigate the incident in which Hilal Ahmad Dar, a resident of Aloosa village, had died.

"The probe will consider all the aspects of the incident including inputs from the people and the J&K Police. An earnest endeavour will be made to bring out the truth," said the army's Srinagar-based spokesperson in a statement.

Promising a fair and transparent investigation, the Army has conveyed its full sympathies with the aggrieved family "for the loss of life of Dar", who was in early twenties.

Dar was found dead with bullet injuries on July 25 morning in a forest area in Bandipora district. The army then claimed Dar was killed in an encounter, and branded him as a militant.

The killing triggered massive violent protests by locals who claimed Dar was an innocent civilian. Later, the local police confirmed that Dar was not having any adverse reports against him.

The army had to retract earlier stand after a police investigation led to arrest of two locals, including an army informer, Muhammed Ramzan Lone alias Rameez, a resident of Aloosa village.

The police investigation claims Lone had obtained two weapons from the Army in March this year and handed it over to Dar recently, "who might had inclination to join militancy".

According to the police investigation, Dar was accompanied by Nazir, a former militant, to nearby Halmathpora forests on July 24-25 night on the direction of the army informer "to receive a group of militants".

An army contingent, which had laid ambush, opened indiscriminate fire, killing Dar on the spot. Both Hilal and Nazir have been arrested now.

Kashmir IG SM Sahai refused to comment on the issue. "There is nothing to be quoted," said Sahai, while neither denying not confirming the police investigations widely reported by the local dailies.

First Published: Jul 30, 2012 18:57 IST