Handwara firing: Girl denies molestation by soldier, Kashmir remains tense

Srinagar: A Kashmiri girl who was allegedly molested by a soldier has denied anything as such and put the onus on two local youths for hatching a conspiracy.

 

The Army has released a video of the girl’s statement in which she claims that she simply went to nearby washroom along with her friend and suddenly a youth appeared before her and took her bag away.

As per her statement in the video, the boy then resisted her to come to nearby police station. In the meantime, the other youth shouted slogans and instigated violence.

 

Meanwhile, Kashmir remained tense on Wednesday as one more youth was killed in fresh clashes between protesters and security forces in the Valley amid curfew-like restrictions imposed in view of the disquiet following the death of three civilians in firing by Army yesterday.

 

An Assistant Sub-Inspector of Jammu and Kashmir Police was suspended for “mishandling” of the law and order situation in north Kashmir’s Handwara town where two youth and a woman were killed and four injured in firing by Army yesterday after allegations that a girl was molested by some soldiers.

 

“Assistant Sub-Inspector Rafiq Ahmad has been suspended pending inquiries into yesterday’s incident,” a senior police official said.

 

He said a magisterial probe and a departmental inquiry are being conducted into the incident.

 

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has sought from Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar a “time-bound inquiry” into the Handwara firing. On her maiden visit, she met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other ministers, including Union Minister for Urban DevelopmentJammu and Kashmir Police.

 

"Such tragic incidents have a huge negative impact on the efforts of the government and political leadership in bringing peace to state," she said.

 

According to a report in Human Rights watchdog Amnesty International, until July 1, 2015, not a single member of the security forces deployed in the state has been tried for human rights violations in a civilian court. It also claimed that only about 100 cases of human rights violations were filed by families of victims between 1990 and 2012.

With agency inputs