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J&K: Magisterial probe into Samba firing

August 05, 2008 12:31 IST

A magisterial probe was on ordered into the police firing in Samba district in which two persons were killed and 18 injured during a protest rally over the Amarnath land transfer row.

"We have ordered a magisterial probe into the police firing in Samba on protestors in which two persons were killed yesterday," District Magistrate, Samba, Surav Bhagat said.

The probe will investigate what prompted police led by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prabhat Singh to open fire without magisterial orders, he said.

The probe order comes in the wake of allegations by the Shri Amarnath Sangrash Samiti (SASS) that the SSP took an AK rifle from his personal security officer after being hit by a stone and fired on protestors.

The Samiti had demanded dismissal of the SSP and his immediate arrest. Inspector General of Police, R K Saxena said a CRPF jawan fired a few rounds in the air, but no one died in that firing. "The firing on protestors was resorted to by the police team led by the SSP," he said.

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