The state government, which promised thorough probe and punishment to those guilty of firing to kill the three civilians in Handwara town, suspended an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Jammu and Kashmir Police for "mishandling" of the law and order situation after allegations that a girl was molested by a soldier.

Army claimed that there was no molestation by any of its soldiers and to buttress its contention, it released a purported video statement given to the police by the girl in question in which she denies any involvement of any army man and accuses local boys of hatching a conspiracy.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is in Delhi on her maiden visit after assuming the charge, raised the matter with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who assured her that a probe will be conducted and the culprits punished.

Describing the firing incident as "very unfortunate", she wanted a time-bound probe and said, "Such incidents should not happen in the future."

She said the families of the victims will be compensated. Northern Army Commander Lt General D S Hooda visited the affected area in Handwara and pushed for early completion of probe into the killing of the two youth and a woman yesterday. He termed the incident as "highly regrettable".

Meanwhile, Kashmir witnessed protests and clashes between stone-pelting mobs and security forces and police at a number of places.

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