The Jaisalmer police have lodged a case towards six Military males for allegedly killing a person on the Pokhran firing vary on Monday, with the Military denying the allegations.
In keeping with the FIR, Salman Khan (23) and Usman Khan (27), residents of Lathi in Jaisalmer, had left on a bike round 8:30 am on Monday to search for some cows which had wandered off.
“Whereas on the lookout for the cows, we ended up within the (firing) vary close to the village. Someday between 9:30 and 10:00 am, an Military car got here and requested us to cease. We bought scared and began operating on foot leaving the motorbike behind. Six individuals within the Military car began chasing us,” said Usman within the FIR.
“They might not catch me however bought maintain of Salman. They began kicking and hitting Salman with sticks whereas he stored shouting as I hid within the bushes; I couldn’t muster the braveness to assist him as I feared that they’d assault me too. Salman’s screams finally stopped and he lay lifeless on the bottom. They then loaded his physique within the car and dropped him off at Lathi hospital. I reached the village on foot and knowledgeable others and instantly left for the hospital. On the hospital, we had been instructed to take Salman to Pokhran hospital, the place he was declared useless,” Usman mentioned.
Usman alleged that the six — Ramlubhavan Ram, Okay Kanan, V M Subhan, Karanjit Singh, Ranvijay Yadav and driver Vivek Kumar killed Salman earlier than his eyes, earlier than dropping off his physique on the hospital and operating away. Amongst different sections, the FIR at Lathi police station was lodged for homicide (302), as per SHO Ashok Kumar.
Speaking to The Indian Specific, Usman mentioned, “Upon recognizing the motorbike, an Military car began chasing us – Salman was driving the motorbike whereas I used to be using pillion. There was a giant tila (sand dune) and he requested me to get down because the motorbike bought caught. Each of us then began operating. Whereas I managed to flee, they caught him and began to hit him on his head with sticks. I noticed it with my very own eyes.”
“They didn’t even warn us…hum ne socha Military waley desh ki seva karte hain (we thought that Military males serve the nation),” Usman mentioned. Salman had bought married about two months in the past, he mentioned.
Nevertheless, the Military has denied the allegations, saying that Salman was already unconscious when the Military males approached him. In a press release, it mentioned, “Pokhran Area Firing Vary close to Jaisalmer is used for firing by Armed Forces and commonly patrolled by Military personnel from safety standpoint. On August 1 at round 11:30 am, throughout routine patrolling, two youths had been noticed who had illegally ventured about 5 kilometres contained in the delicate defence space. When the Military patrol approached them, one particular person fled and the opposite one was discovered mendacity injured. The patrolling occasion instantly evacuated the injured civilian to the closest medical facility at authorities hospital, Lathi, the place he later succumbed. Each Military and police are collectively investigating the case.”
Advocate Rashid, a neighborhood, mentioned “The sector firing vary is after all an Military space and is a prohibited zone. However what occurs is that cattle generally wander away and locals exit looking for them. There isn’t any fencing, no wall, and the vary is unfold over an enormous space.”
Following the dying, Salman’s family protested along with his physique on the SDM’s workplace on Monday, demanding arrest of the accused, job for a kin and Rs 50 lakh compensation. “Nobody heard us, no minister got here, no chief got here. Finally, the elders mentioned that they don’t have any curiosity in mitti kharab (letting the physique decompose) so he was buried this night,” Usman mentioned on Tuesday.