Budgam firing: Army indicts 9 soldiers including a JCO for teenagers` death

The GOC of Northern Command, D.S. Hooda, had assured that the highest standards of truth and transparency would be followed in the investigation.

New Delhi, Nov 27: As many as nine soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of 53 Rashtriya Rifles, were indicted by the Army for killing two teenagers in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month.

According to reports, a court of inquiry found gross violation of rules of engagement by the soldiers and court martial proceedings have been recommended against the soldiers.

Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Northern Command, D.S. Hooda, had reportedly assured that the highest standards of truth and transparency would be followed in the investigation.

He had also stated that the army would fully cooperate in any other investigation done by the police or the state government.

It may be noted that security personnel had shot dead two youths and injured two others after they failed to stop at check points in Budgam earlier this month. The injured were immediately admitted to army hospital in Srinagar for better treatment.

The army had reportedly received the information on the movement of militants in the area after which they set up three checking points.

(With Agency Inputs)

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