Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Army vehicle crushes 7-yr-old Bandipora girl

Locals torch two RR vehicles
Courtesy: Daily Rising Kashmir dt Sep., 8th, 2009 by Mir Tariq
Sumbal (Bandipora), 07 Sep: A seven-year-old girl was crushed to death by an Army vehicle here in Markundal village of Sumbal Bandipora when she was coming out of school.Following the incident, thousands of people staged protests on Srinagar–Ladakh highway and torched two vehicles of RR convoy which was moving toward Ladakh.
The girl, Insha Javid, was killed on-the-spot when she was hit by an Army vehicle while coming out of the school. Locals told Rising Kashmir that the army vehicle was moving at a fast speed and after crushing to the girl to death in Markundal fled from the spot. Immediately after the accident, thousands of people of Sumbal and adjoining villages took to rods and blocked the Srinagar-Ladakh highway at Sumbal and torched two RR vehicles. Locals demand immediate action against the erring troopers. It is the fifth such incident since May 2009 in which an Army vehicle crushed a pedestrian. No one among the erring drivers have been punished so far, officials source told Rising Kashmir. “Police is helpless before the Army,” he added.
Though the Senior Superintendent of Police Bandipora, Sheikh Junaid tried to pacify the mob, locals alleged police of “highhandedness”. Local said that instead of punishing troopers’, police used force against the children, women and elders demanding punishment to the troopers. “It is unfortunate that police is punishing innocent people who are being crushed by the Army vehicles. Police is acting as a mute spectator,” said Ghulam Hassan, an elderly person. Raising anti-Army and anti-police slogans, protestors were demanding actions against the erring army drivers who have killed four people in last three months in the district. Locals alleged that besides crushing a 7-year-old girl troopers forcibly snatched vehicles from the drivers and harassed people in the area and forced them to remain inside the houses.
“Troopers forcibly snatched our vehicle and forced us to remain inside the house. When we approached police on duty, they expressed their helplessness,” said Mushtaq Ahmed, a Tata Sumo driver. A huge contingent of police and CRPF were rushed to the area to restore law and order as the situation was tense. PDP candidate Yasir Rehsi tried to pacify the people following which the girl was buried. Yasir Reshi demand immediate action against the erring Army drivers and demanded relief in favour of the deceased. The movement of the Amy vehicles through Sumabl was halted after the incident took place.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Territorial army held responsible for killing a girl at Kupwara

Courtesy: Daily Rising Kashmir dt September 6th, 2009 by Shahjehan Afzal
Kupwara, Sep 05: Holding Territorial Army man responsible for killing a girl at Dolipora Trehgam, police Saturday filed a charge sheet against the trooper in a local court. The girl identified Amina Masoodi, a BA final year student was found dead in mysterious circumstances inside her house during the night intervening July 08 and 09 this year. The incident evoked massive protest demonstrations with the locals and family members of the victim accusing Territorial Army trooper Ashiq Hussain of being involved in the incident. Police lodged an FIR no. 49/2009 under section 302,456,12B RPC and arrested the accused 160 TA trooper.“During the course of investigation, police questioned the eyewitnesses which confirmed the presence of accused Ashiq Hussain Peer in the house of the complainant during the intervening night 8/9 July. It was also confirmed that he was absent from the Army camp of 160 TA Bn during the said night,” SSP Kupwara He said police also recovered two cell phones bearing numbers 9797990180 and 9797226180 in the instant case. “The SMSs found in the “Inbox” of cell No. 9797226180 send from cell No 9797990180 further confirmed the presence of accused at the crime scene”.“After thorough investigation and considering all the evidences - Oral, documentary and circumstantial - offence under section 302, 458 RPC were made out against Ashiq Hussain Peer son of Noor-ud-Din Peer resident of Herri Payeen Kupwara of 160 Territorial Army and charge sheet was produced against the accused in the court of law,” said SSP Kuwpara, adding “Amina died because of Asphyxia and no symptoms of rape were found as per the FSL report”.
The police officer, however, ruled out the hand of army as an institution in the case. “The investigations revealed that army as an institution was not involved in the case as alleged,” he said.
The Inquiry Officer Shabir Ahmad Shah, who conducted the inquiry in record time and presented the challan and is presently posted as DSP (Hqrs) Shopian told Rising Kashmir: “We have got enough evidence to prove the TA trooper was guilty of the crime. Although he refuted his presence at the crime scene, but a mobile phone recovered at the scene of crime and some of the message exchanged between the victim and the accused established his presence. Besides, his scanned Identity Card, which was recovered from the spot also helped in establishing his presence at the crime scene. Some of the eyewitnesses had also seen him at the place where the girl was killed.”