‘Totally untrue’: CRPF officer refutes claims of force deliberately causing civilian death in Sopore

The chilling visuals of the civilian who was killed during a terrorist attack at a Central Reserve Police Force patrolling party on Wednesday sent shivers down the spine of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir, and across the country.

A three-year-old boy was travelling in a car with his 65-year-old grandfather from Srinagar to Handwara in Kupwara district when terrorists fired at security forces. The civilian died from the bullets of the terrorists and his body lay on the side of the road as the gunfight ensued.

However, many people alleged that the security forces deliberately put the civilian in the line of fire. Civilian casualties during encounters and militant attacks in the Valley are a common thing and the CRPF was accused of the act even though they gunned down the terrorists.

In wake of this development, the CRPF on Thursday came out with a clarification and said that the allegations were “totally untrue” and that the incident was “unfortunate”.

“It was an unfortunate incident. I think some people have tried to give it a spin by saying that CRPF took him (the civilian) out of the vehicle and shot him. It’s totally untrue,” Zulfiqar Hasan, ADG CRPF, said.

Images of the toddler sitting on his grandfather’s body were circulated on social media, along with visuals of CRPF personnel consoling the traumatised child.