Ramban firing: Govt orders temporary appointment of victims’ kin

Srinagar: The state government on Monday issued temporary appointment orders to the next to kin (NoK) of three out of four civilians who were killed after paramilitary BSF opened fire on people protesting alleged desecration of the Holy Qur’an and thrashing of an imam at Gool, Ramban on September 18 last year.
“Sanction is hereby accorded to the temporary appointment of NoK of deceased civilians who were killed in firing incident in Shadi area of Gool, Ramban on September 18, 2013, against Class-IV posts in Revenue Department in district cadre Ramban,” a government order said. It said the appointees shall be on probation for a period of two years and shall report to the Deputy Commissioner Ramban within 21 days.
On September 18, 2013, four persons, including an imam, were killed and 42 others injured when BSF soldiers resorted to indiscriminate firing on a protest demonstration in Dharam, Gool in Jammu division’s Ramban district.
According to local residents, on previous night of the incident there was a heated argument between few BSF soldiers and an imam inside a mosque at Dharam village after the BSF soldiers entered into the mosque along with their shoes, and when the imam tried stop them they beat him up and allegedly tore the pages of the Qur’an.
Next morning, when the news of the alleged desecration spread in the area, thousands of people from adjoining areas rushed to the spot and staged protest outside the BSF camp demanding action against the erring soldiers.
As the people were shouting anti-BSF slogans and resorted to stone pelting, they were fired upon from inside the camp, leading to killing of four persons.
The incident evoked massive protests and outrage across the state.
In its damage control exercise, government shifted the Ramban district magistrate and ordered a magisterial probe into the firing, while the Cabinet condemned the “use of excessive force by the BSF personnel” and sanctioned an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh and a government job for the next of kin of the slain persons.
Those who were killed were identified as imam Abdul Lateef, Javeed Ahmed, Farooq Ahmed Beg and Manzoor Ahmed Shan.
As per Monday’s order, sanction has been given for the appointment of Parveena Begum, wife of Farooq Ahmed, Parveen Begum, wife of Abdul Latief, and Mastoor Ahmed.
“The salary of the appointees shall not be drawn and disbursed unless a satisfactory report about the verification of their character antecedents is received from Inspector General of Police, CID, to whom a reference shall be made by the respective administrative departments,” the government order added.