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Senior Indian officer held over teen's death

From Mukhtar Ahmad, CNN
Mourners carry the body of teenager Zahid Farooq 
Sheikh for burial on February 6
Mourners carry the body of teenager Zahid Farooq Sheikh for burial on February 6
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 17-year-old Zahid Farooq Sheikh was fatally shot on February 5
  • Trooper Lakhwinder Kumar was arrested February 10 in connection with shooting
  • Commanding officer R.K.Birdi was arrested Thursday
RELATED TOPICS
  • India
  • Srinagar
  • Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir (CNN) -- A senior paramilitary officer was arrested Thursday for his alleged role in the killing of a schoolboy, a death that prompted clashes between anti-India protesters and Indian security forces.

R.K.Birdi, the Indian border guards' commanding officer, was arrested after a trooper confessed that he shot the teenager last month on the orders of his boss, police officer Muzaffar Ahmad said.

The trooper, Lakhwinder Kumar, was arrested February 10 after the Border Security Force found he was involved in the February 5 shooting in a Srinagar suburb.

The 17-year old, Zahid Farooq Sheikh, was fatally shot in the chest. His death triggered anti-India protests and authorities had to impose a curfew in parts of the capital city to contain the public anger.

Police responded with tear gas and baton charges to disburse the mobs shouting pro-freedom slogans.

Before the arrests, the teen's family said he was shot by Indian security forces from a passing vehicle, but police said he was killed by a mysterious fire.