Six dead in BSF firing, curfew imposed

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Six dead in BSF firing, curfew imposed

Six dead in BSF firing, curfew imposed

Admin   ¦    Jul 19, 2013 09:23:00 AM (IST)

Shrinagar: Protests erupted after six people were confirmed dead and many were injured in firing be Border Security Force (BSF) in Jammu and Kashmirs Ramban district.
 
Curfew has been imposed in the Valley and security forces have been put on high alert.

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Mobile phones and internet services were suspended after the incident left the local people outraged. Protests and clashes between the security forces and people were reported from several areas of the region.
 
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has called for a probe into the firing incident. The minister warned against any excessive use of force and said that it would be dealt with severely.
 
Home Ministry officials said they were in regular touch with the state government officials and asked them to ensure that security forces observe restraint and no more violence take place anywhere in the state in coming days.
 
The Centre is particularly worried over the situation which may arise tomorrow -- after the first Friday prayers.
 
Officials said, in the past, the state has witnessed many violent protests after Friday prayers which further boiled the situation.
 
There are varying accounts about what actually led to the clashes.
 
While, according to another version, Latif was intercepted in Daram belt of Gool tehsil and was questioned about his presence in the area.
 
The BSF today claimed to have identified a 25-year-old local whose interception and questioning triggered the protests at its camp in Ramban in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
The force claimed Mohammed Latif, son of Mustafa and resident of Dalwah in the area, instigated the mob leading to the situation where four people were killed and 44 others, including security personnel, were injured in stone-pelting and resultant firing.
 
Latif was intercepted in Daram belt of Gool tehsil and was questioned about his presence in the area.
 
"It is learnt that this person put baseless and false allegation that BSF patrol party mistreated and desecrated the holy Quran and announced the same on the loudspeaker from the mosque after which a crowd of around 400-500 persons gathered and started stone pelting on BSF post Dharam," a BSF statement said here.
 
The force said its troops "restrained from firing and informed local police of likelihood of deterioration of situation due to the violent actions by the locals." "Immediately police party arrived at company base Dharam and took stock of the situation. The crowd was dispersed at 0300 hrs," the statement said.
 
One BSF vehicle was badly damaged by the civilians besides inflicting injuries to many BSF persons. Protesters blocked all the roads going towards the BSF post and thus force personnel remain confined to the post, it said.
 
"It is learnt that efforts were made by section of protesters and they tried to attack on the post and to inflict injuries to the BSF and police persons compelling them to open fire in self defence," the statement added.