RR kills numberdar, 70

Police Registers Case After Massive Demos; Army Regrets

Malik Abdus Salam

(from greaterkashmir.com)

Islamabad, Dec 17: Soldiers of Army’s Rashtriya Rifles shot dead head of a village here on Sunday morning, triggering massive anti-India demonstrations. Police registered a case against the accused soldiers while the Army, which has ordered a probe, regretted the incident, terming it “a case of mistaken identity.”

Reports said Sanaullah Magray, 70, son of Ghulam Muhammad Magray, the numberdar of Tarigam village was shot dead by the soldiers of 49 RR when he was on way to a mosque for the morning prayers.

After hearing the sound of bullets, local residents rushed to the spot and took Magray’s body in a procession. Shouting pro-freedom, anti-Army and anti-India slogans, the protesters demanded action against the accused soldiers.

The protesters marched towards Qazigund and tried to block the Srinagar-Jammu highway but they were stopped by police which led to a scuffle in which at least six civilians, including two women and two policemen, were injured, reports said.

The protestors charged that Magray was killed in cold-blood and refused to bury his body till the officials of the Army, the civil administration and the police reach the village and take action against the guilty personnel.

Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag G A Peer immediately rushed to the spot and assured the protestors that strict action would be taken against the accused Army personnel. He said ex-gratia relief would be given to the relatives of the deceased.

On the Deputy Commissioner’s assurances, the villagers agreed to give burial to Magray.

Later police registered a case under FIR No 131/2006 under section 302 against the accused soldiers and started investigation.


Terming the incident as a case of mistaken identity, a Defence spokesman in a statement said: “On the night intervening December 17 a cordon was laid in village Tarigam. At around 0630 hrs, an ambush party noticed a man approaching them. They challenged him a number of times but the man did not stop instead he bent, which the troops thought he was taking out a weapon under his phiran. The ambush party was still in doubt and fired two single shots, one of which hit him on leg and the other his stomach, The individual died on the spot.”

“The complete incident is due to a case of mistaken identify. The Army regrets the incident and a court of inquiry has been constituted to investigate into the matter,” the spokesman added.

Earlier on December 10, the World Human Rights Day, massive protests broke out in Qazigund area of Islamabad district when a soldier of RR opened fire on a youth following an argument over the checking of his identity card.

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