Army shifts 16 jawans after Chattergam killings, bandh in Kashmir valley
Srinagar: The Army has 'attached' a column of 16 personnel including an officer belonging to 53 Rashtriya Rifles following the killings of two Kashmiri youths, Merajuddin Dar and Faisal Yousuf, in Chattergam near Budgam on Monday.
A senior Army official said that the entire 53 Rashtriya Rifle Column, comprising 16 soldiers including an officer, were shifted to Sector Headquarters of RR on Monday evening.
“The court of inquiry into the incident is being conducted by Deputy Commander of the Sector,” the official said, adding that the soldiers have been put to “sustained questioning.”
“The questioning will reveal the circumstances about the firing that led to killing of two youth and critical injuries to two others,” he said.
“The unit (53 RR) belongs to 12 Sector of Victor Force and inquiry is being conducted by a different Sector and officer.”
The official said “besides hectic effort for speedy inquiry by Lt Gen Saha”, senior higher officials of Army have also directed by “early results of inquiry.”
Meanwhile, Army said the condition of two injured persons, Zahid Abdul Naqqash and Shakir Ahmed Bhat, who were rushed to 92 Base Hospital after the incident and operated upon, is stable.
“Their families were brought to the hospital where arrangements were made for their stay enabling them to stay close to the patients,” an Army spokesman said, adding, “Army is in touch with the families of the deceased and has assured all assistance to them in this hour of grief.”