Sopore probe: 15 witnesses record their statements

Baramulla: At least fifteen persons on Friday recorded their statements before a commission probing the killing of a youth allegedly by government forces in Sopore town of this north Kashmir district on Monday.
22-year-old Arshid Ahmad Shah, a cab driver, was killed while four others sustained injuries when government forces opened fire while breaking up a pro-freedom protest in Krankshivan locality of Sopore, hours after the 18-hour gun-battle ended with the killing of LeT commander Mehmood Bhai.
The killing had triggered strong protests in the town with pro-freedom groups calling for a complete shutdown across the Valley. Mounting public pressure prompted the authorities to announce a probe to look into the circumstances leading to the youth’s killing.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader Friday that at least 15 witnessed deposed before the Sub-District Magistrate (SDM) Sopore, Khursheed Ahmad Shah, who has been appointed as the enquiry officer. The witnesses, sources said charged the forces of resorting to direct firing upon the people killing Arshid. However, they didn’t identify whether it were army, police or CRPF shot dead the youth.
“Besides it, SDM has also approached the youth, injured in the firing to record their statements. About 30 people have so far recorded their statement,” sources added.