BSF Personnel ‘Prima Facie’ Involved in Teenager Killing in J&K

The BSF has said that one of its personnel was ‘prima facie’ involved in the killing of a 16-year-old school boy last week and has now been handed over to local police, reported PTI.

It may be mentioned that the killing triggered off major protest in the Kashmir valley.

“There were allegations regarding the killing of a boy on February 5. Our inquiry has revealed that prima facie constable Lakhvinder was involved in the incident,” BSF special director general PPS Sidhu was quoted as saying while talking to reporters in Srinagar.

Sidhu said that the constable has been suspended and handed over to Jammu and Kashmir police, which will carry out further probe, said report.

In response to a question about when the BSP personnel killed the youth, he was quoted as saying, “I can’t say. It is a matter of investigation. The Jammu and Kashmir Police will do the investigation which will reveal everything.”

Officers in the para-military force have termed the killing as an ‘accident’ and the constable has been questioned by senior officials of the force, they said.

The boy was shot dead by security personnel on February 5 at Nishat, triggering largescale protests across the valley.

Police had examined all the call records around the area after Zahid Farooq Shah was shot dead. Eyewitnesses had told the police that the vehicle of the security forces had an insignia of ‘hangul’ (red deer).

The mark is used on the vehicles of BSF and the paramilitary force has a unit based nearby.

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