CRPF does a U turn on officer’s death
Says officer hailing from Kashmir died fighting Maoists
Srinagar: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) did a complete U-turn against its earlier version about the killing an Assistant Commandant hailing from Jammu and Kashmir who died in Jharkhand.
On Tuesday afternoon, the CRPF said on its official Twitter handle: “Assistant Commandant GulamJeelani Khan of 157 Battalion sacrificed his life in an anti-Maoist operation in Sinjani, Khunti, Jharkhand.
Earlier, the family of GulamJeelani Khan, who belonged to Manzgam village in Baramulla district, was told he had been electrocuted. It was not clear why the family had been given this version.
“The young officer saved the lives of his fellow soldiers and made ultimate sacrifice in the service of nation while leading his troops from the front,” it said.
Official sources said the body was being sent to the officer’s village in the Kashmir Valley for last rites.
Earlier, a Srinagar based new gathering agency GNS had reported that the officer had died due to electrocution.
Quoting an official of CRPF 157 Headquarter at Arki, the news agency had said that the officer was supervising the repair of electric wires when the incident took place.
He said that a live wire fell off as a result of which the officer was electrocuted.
Concerned Station House Officer (SHO) Arki said that the officer was shifted to a hospital in Khunti from where he was referred to Ranchi for specialized treatment.
However, the SHO said, the officer succumbed to injuries on the way. He said further investigations into the incident have been initiated.