Shopian Killings: Eyewitnesses Account

KL Report


A middle aged woman, Maroofa Banoo while narrating the Shopian episode told CNS that she witnessed the blood bath by her eyes on Saturday. “I am shocked how CRPF personnel from 14th Battalion pumped bullets into the youth and aimed at a Bihari labour who was also witnessing ‘bloody game’ being played by CRPF men. They even tried to shoot me but I hid myself and escaped their evil intentions,” she said.

Narrating the episode, Maroofa said that she was at a few meters distance from CRPF Headquarters located at Gargrin when some CRPF personnel standing outside the camp stopped two youth riding on motorcycle.

“One of them was Tawseef who was known to me. I saw CRPF men were telling them something and suddenly, one of the CRPF man caught hold the shirt of Tawseef while another man fired upon the youth accompanying him. I cried and in a blink, other CRPF man showered bullets on Tawseef who died later on,” she said.

Maroofa Banoo told CNS that two more civilians were passing through the busy Gagrin road who were also shot at by these uniformed men. “There was strike thin public movement was there. A Bihari mason was watching all this from a shop and a CRPF man aimed at him and shot him dead,” she said.

Terming the claim of CRPF personnel baseless that youth on motorcycle fired upon them, Maroofa said that firing was unprovoked and all the your youth were killed in cold blood.

Another college-going student told CNS on condition of anonymity that “in order to label the slain youth as militants, CRPF men placed some grenades around the dead bodies. I am the witness to it and I denounce their claims. These CRPF men are misleading even police. Police should investigate the matter thoroughly and book these culprits,” he said.


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