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Murder: 4 CRPF men suspended in JK

By Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar
March 19, 2009 11:57 IST
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An assistant commandant and three other personnel of paramilitary, central reserve police force (CRPF) have been suspended and a murder case registered by the local police in the killing of a carpenter in village Kheegam in south Kashmir Pulwama district Wednesday evening.

The Kashmir zone inspector general of police Dr. B. Srinivas confirmed that the CRPF had suspended four of its personnel.

"The CRPF has already placed four of its personnel including an assistant commandant under suspension for the incident and a case of murder under Section 302 has been registered by the local police," Srinivas said.

"We will complete the investigation soon and present the challan in the court of law."

 Police sources also said that the local police had approached the CRPF authorities to identify the accused so that investigation into the incident were promptly completed.

Paramilitary central reserve police force troopers allegedly killed a village carpenter in the Kheegam village of south Kashmir Pulwama district late Wednesday evening.

The CRPF troopers of 181 battalion were on an evening patrol in the village when the incident occurred.

A spokesman of the paramilitary CRPF, however, maintained that the CRPF patrol had been shot at in the village, upon which they returned the fire, killing one person.

The villagers asserted that the carpenter was killed in the firing by the CRPF and that there had been no encounter in the village between the security forces and the militants.

Tension has gripped the village in the wake of the carpenters killing and villagers held massive protests and were refusing to bury the body.

Senior police and paramilitary officers are at the spot.


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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar