Zahid Farooq case
Srinagar, August 15, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, in wake of the fresh order by the Supreme Court of India in the 2010 murder of a Srinagar teenager, Zahid Farooq, the Border Security Force has decided to try two of its involved personnel in the General Forces Security Court (GFSC).
Zahid Farooq, a teenage student was shot dead by the BSF troops near his residence at Nishat in Srinagar on February 5, 2010.
To exercise the option of trial by the GFSC as stipulated by the Indian Supreme Court, the paramilitary forces moved a formal application before the Chief Judicial Magistrate. The court, after hearing counsel for the BSF, posted the case for hearing the objections by counsel for the family, advocate Nazir Ahmed Ronga, on Friday (tomorrow).
Earlier on August 5, a bench of Justices Chandramauli Prasad and Kurian Joseph of the Supreme Court had extended the time till August 14 for BSF to decide between the civil or GSFC trial of its men. However, the bench while deposing of the application by the BSF had made it clear to the paramilitary force that no further time shall be granted to it for this purpose.
The Supreme Court had allowed appeals by the puppet authorities and the family of the martyred teenager challenging court martial trial of the BSF commandant, RK Birdi, and his subordinate, Lakhwinder Kumar, involved in the killing.
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