On April 12, two boys died in army firing in Handwara. Initial reports claimed that the boys were protesting the molestation of a girl by one of the security personnel.
Some 500 villagers had surrounded an army post leading the latter to fire upon them.
Handwara,J&K: 2 civilians killed in firing by security forces after protests over alleged molestation by Army jawanshttps://t.co/TQog0H681z
— ANI (@ANI_news) 12 April 2016
The firing left around four others injured one of whom, 54-year-old Raja Begum, succumbed at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar on April 13.
The Indian Army has now reportedly released the video of the girl was allegedly molested by an army man. The video reveals that it were the local boys and not anyone from the army who harassed her.
— Neeraj Rajput (@neeraj_rajput) 13 April 2016
The army said that it did not film the girl. She was filmed using a mobile phone when she was taken by the J&K police for questioning.
Tragic that two innocents died in firing at #Handwara protests. Hope J&K police catches the elements which spread rumours against the Army.
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) 12 April 2016
Army spokesperson Lt Col N.N. Joshi said: “A video which surfaced is the statement of the girl and proves there was no molestation. It seems that it was a mala fide intent to malign the army.”
Nayeem Ahmad, one of the boys killed, was a budding cricketer. The other boy was Muhammad Iqbal.
Separatists had called for a complete shutdown in the Valley today, which is being observed.
Shutdown being observed in Srinagar, over killing of two youths in firing by security forces in Handwara yesterday pic.twitter.com/yYmylDos9Q
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 13, 2016
In her statement, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that these incidents have a “huge negative impact on the efforts of the government and political leadership in bringing peace to state”.