While the curfew was imposed in six police station areas of Srinagar city and Handwara region, J&K state government suspended mobile internet services in 3 districts. The decision has been taken to curb the spreading of rumours by anti-social elements to disturb the law and order situation. Government officials said that the services would be resumed as soon as the situation return to normal.
The situation tensed when locals, attacked the army and police, claiming that one army soldier tried to molest a local girl. The Army released a video on Wednesday which showed that there was no molestation. Apparently, the girl also denied involvement of any Army man. She accused a local boy of harassment.
Army PRO Lieutenant Colonel NN Joshi said, “The video that we have released shows that there was no molestation. It is a malafide intent by some elements to malign the good image of Army. We have ordered a probe into the incident and if anybody is found guilty, they will have to face severe action.”
The authenticity of video released by Army was objected by police and they said that they are verifying the video. Several human rights activists in Jammu & Kashmir also called for examining the video.
Till now, the death toll has reached to 4, including the two young persons killed during the alleged firing done by security forces. Acting strong on the role of officials, the state government suspended an Assistant Sub-Inspector of J&K Police for mishandling the law and order situation in Handwara and alleged involvement in firing.
J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called the firing incident ‘very unfortunate’ and asked a time-bound inquiry so as to establish peace around the region and punish the culprits. She also held back-to-back meeting with union ministers including Defense minister Manohar Parrikar, Venkaiyah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Wednesday and sought transparent probe in the matter.
The probe will try to find out the real persons behind the firing. While the police is blaming Army for opening fire, civilians claimed that the policemen opened fire leading to death.