CISF claims it followed standard procedures in J&K

Five CISF personnel were arrested hours after the incident.

hidden January 04, 2012 22:09:49 IST
CISF claims it followed standard procedures in J&K

New Delhi: Facing flak over the death of a boy in firing on a protesting mob, the CISF tasked with guarding power projects in Jammu and Kashmir, today insisted its personnel enjoy immunity under the AFSPA wherever it is in force and they had followed standard operating procedures while dealing with the crowd in North Kashmir.

After conducting an inquiry at the Uri NHPC power plant where CISF personnel fired on a crowd of protestors leaving a boy dead, CISF director general NR Das briefed Union home secretary RK Singh about the incident and conveyed that its personnel also enjoyed protection under AFSPA which was in force in the state, an official said.

CISF claims it followed standard procedures in JK

Trouble for CISF in Jammu and Kashmir. Image courtesy PIB

One 12th standard boy was killed on 2 January when a mob in Uri tried to rampage NHPC property, guarded by the CISF. The people were protesting against acute power shortage.

Das also explained to Singh the circumstances and chain of events leading to the unfortunate incident, the offical said.

While the state police was a mute spectator at the scene of incident for three hours, CISF personnel had to act only after the mob turned violent and started ransacking the NHPC facility, the official said.

Das is also understood to have told Singh that the CISF personnel would be provided with non-lethal weapons and an inquiry will soon be finished into the incident.

A CISF Inspector General (IG) led team is already conducting a detailed inquiry into the incident.

Five CISF personnel were arrested hours after the incident.

PTI

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