New Delhi, Nov 7: Indian Army on Friday admitted mistake in Kashmir’s Budgam firing incident in which two persons were killed and two others were injured.
GOC Northern Command Lieutenant General DS Hooda said: “We take responsibility of incident. A mistake has taken place.” Lt Gen Hooda said the army is committed to a “fair and transparent probe” and will fully cooperate with the police in the investigation.
Lt Gen Hooda said: “If there was any violation, we will deal with it strictly,” adding “We share the sorrow and grief of the families. We express deepest regret over the loss of lives.”
According to army sources, jawans of 55 Rashtriya Rifles on Monday evening tried to intercept a Maruti car and when the car failed to stop at the check post, they fired at the vehicle. Two people were killed and two injured in the incident, the sources said.
The army has announced a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the family of each of the deceased and Rs. 5 lakh each for the injured.
The army reportedly said to have got a specific intelligence reports about the movement of terrorists in a white Maruti 800 car on the Nowgam to Pulwama road on Nov 3. The jawans reportedly fired at the car only after it did not stop at any of the check posts.
Two youths identified as Faisal Yusuf Bhat and Mehrajuddin Dar were killed, while two others — Shaker Bhat and Zahid Naqash — were injured on Monday evening when soldiers of 53 Rashtriya Rifles opened fire on the Maruti car they were travelling in at Chattergam village in Badgam district, 20 km from Srinagar.
The youths belonged to the Nowgam area of Srinagar district. The injured were rushed to the Army base hospital in Srinagar where two succumbed to injuries.
Amit Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, had stated that the youths had no militant links.
On Wednesday, restrictions were imposed in some areas of Srinagar as separatists had called for a protest shutdown against the killing of two youths.
Meanwhile, sources in the state government said the Election Commission of India has been asked to either order an inquiry into the incident directly or allow the state government to do so, as the model code of conduct is in force in Jammu and Kashmir where Assembly elections are due this month.
(With Agency Inputs)