Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has called on the Army to hand over the person responsible for the death of 13-year-old Dilshan, who was shot dead in Chennai three days ago for allegedly trespassing the Army enclave there.
On his part, Army Chief General VK Singh promised full cooperation and said that strong action will be taken against anyone found guilty.
The Chief Minister, who is in the capital, said the boy was shot by someone from within the Army enclave.
Our chief secretary has written to the General Officer Commanding requesting that the person responsible for the unpardonable act be handed over to state police to be dealt with according to the law, Jayalalithaa said.
Meanwhile, General Singh said that strong action will be taken against anyone found guilty but cautioned that the Army as an organisation should not be blamed if an individual comes under suspicion. It is wrong to say that Army is involved in this. It is a matter of someone raising doubt on an individual, Singh said.
However, he promised that strict action will be taken against anyone found guilty, be it an officer or a jawan. The incident is regrettable and we have sympathy with the aggrieved family. Whoever has committed any mistake in the incident, be it an officer or a jawan, strong action will be taken, he said.
The National Human Rights Commission, meanwhile, has issued a notice to the Defence Secretary and the Chennai Police Commissioner, seeking their reports on the killing within four weeks, a spokesperson said.