Two days after the State Cabinet ordered an enquiry into the Shopian Firing incident, Deputy Commissioner Shopian Bashir Ahmad Bhat who has been appointed as the enquiry officer has began the process on Saturday by issuing notice to general public who want to record their statements. According to the statement issued by the enquiry officer in the Saturday afternoon, all those who want to record their statement should come to his office from 16th of September to 21st of September.
“The enquiry is aimed to find out whether the forcer used on 07-09-2013 and 11-09-2013 was more than required, and under what circumstances the firing took place.” Reads the Public notice issued by Deputy Commissioner Shopian vide No. DMS/PA/13/770-80. The notice also reads that the enquiry commission would find out whether there is sufficient evidence available which suggests that firing on 11-09-2013 was due to the unruly behaviour of the frenzy mob or it could have been
avoided or could have been handled in a more disciplined way which could have avoided the casualties/ injuries.’’
Sources in the administration told KNS that the enquiry officer may also summon CRPF personnel of Gagran camp which may be followed by the identification of the personnel who were on duty on that fateful day.
Though there was no time limit for the enquiry however sources said that the report may be submitted to the government in next 15 to 20 days.
Pertinently Divisional commissioner Kashmir Shalinder Kumar had on Thursday appointed District Magistrate Shopian Bashir Ahmad Bhat as the enquiry officer to probe the two separate firing incidents involving CRPF personnel stationed at Gagran camp that led five people dead .
Meanwhile the deputy Commissioner held meeting with the civil society on Saturday during which they were assured that there won’t be any problem for the patients to be reach hospitals besides every possible effort would be taken to return normalcy in the district.