A magisterial probe ordered by Omar Abdullah has indicted the army for killing in cold blood a 24-year-old student from Baramulla, whose death in March had triggered massive protests in the Valley.
The probe indicted the 46 Rashtriya Rifles, whose jawans, it said, fired on unarmed people on March 5, days after the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in Delhi. The killing had sparked protests after calm had been restored following agitation over the execution.
Sources, quoting from the report, said the army ransacked residential houses in Baramulla localities “without any reason” and subsequently fired on “unarmed and peaceful citizens” resulting in Tahir’s death. “Even warning shots were not fired,” the report said.
The army had denied any role in Tahir’s death and said its jawans had been attacked by a violent mob with stones. The force tried to corroborate its statement with photographs of youths carrying stones, but the inquiry said there were no dates on the pictures.
It also rubbished the army claim that its troopers were in a situation where their life was under threat. Instead, the report said, the situation was quite normal in the town.