Srinagar: Army on Tuesday night ordered a time-bound Court of Inquiry (CoI) into the firing incident in Baramulla district of Kashmir in which a youth was killed.

A 25-year-old man was killed and four were injured in firing allegedly by security forces
during protests in Baramulla town of north Kashmir on Tuesday.

Hundreds of residents of Baramulla town took to streets to protest what they alleged ransacking of their houses by the army in the area, official sources said.

Youth not killed in firing, says Army

An Army spokesman in a statement said a foot patrol unit of the Army was attacked by a mob, creating a life-threatening situation for the personnel.

Lt Gen K T Parnaik, GoC-in-C has "ordered a time-bound CoI into the incident" in which Tahir Latief Sofi was killed, Udhampur-based Army spokesperson said.

The statement said the death of the youth "could not have been caused due to the firing by the Army personnel as extreme caution was exercised by them and the fire was deliberately aimed in the air".

He said the personnel fired in the air which could not have caused death of the youth or injury to anyone.

Intelligence inputs cautioned terror plans

The spokesman said there were intelligence inputs with regard to the plans by terrorists to entangle Army personnel, particularly in Baramulla, in a protest and to attack the Army
taking shield of the crowd with a view to trigger large-scale violence.

"This needs to be probed in detail by police," the spokesperson said.

"The aggressive mob, despite repeated warnings and caution, surrounded the patrol and people from within the crowd started attacking the Army personnel. The Army patrol was soon outnumbered, some of them were injured," the statement said.

Curfew imposed in 10 areas in Kashmir Valley

Curfew was imposed on Tuesday night in 10 police station areas of Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure with the authorities apprehending law and order problem following the killing of a youth.

Curfew was imposed in Rainawari, Khanyar, Navhatta, Safar Kadal and Maharajganj police station areas of old city.  

PDP to bring adjournment motion

Main opposition Peoples Democratic Party said it would bring an adjournment motion in the state assembly tomorrow to discuss the Baramulla firing incident.

The adjournment motion would seek suspension of normal business tomorrow to discuss the situation arising out of the killing of a youth in Baramulla, a PDP spokesman said here.

Omar breaks down

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah broke down in the assembly over the killing of a youth
allegedly by security forces during protests in Baramulla town in north Kashmir, saying the action on the mob was unjustified.

An emotional Omar told the assembly that a probe would be held into the killing and strict punishment given to those found guilty.

Earlier, the CM denied reports of his resigning over the killing, saying if his stepping down can bring a person back to life he will do so in a flash.

Omar on micro-blogging site twitter said, "Note to others spreading rumours about my impending resignation - I haven't resigned. If my resignation could bring a person back to life I'd resign in a flash. My responsibility to the state and people is to ensure incidents like today's see justice done."

In an earlier tweet, he wrote, "Note to PDP - don't confuse anger and sadness with helplessness. What you saw today was me angry and sad at the tragic loss of life."


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