Youth shot dead by police at The Hague train station was unarmed

26 November Print

Youth shot dead by police at The Hague train station was unarmed

Monday 26 November 2012

The 17-year-old youth shot dead by police on a platform at Hollands Spoor railway station in The Hague on early Saturday morning was unarmed, the public prosecution department confirmed on Monday.

In a statement, the department said a wide-ranging investigation is now under way into the shooting, which took place around 06.30 hours.

Rishi Chandrikasing was shot after police received reports that an armed man had been seen in the station and had threatened another man with a gun. According to eyewitnesses in the Telegraaf, three police officers, one in plain clothes, rushed into the station with their weapons drawn.

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Omroep West reported earlier the youth had moved his hands towards his middle when told by police to put his hands up. One of the armed officers then opened fire, hitting the boy in the neck.

According to the Telegraaf, the youth lived in a housing complex under the supervision of social workers and should not have been out at that time in the morning.

Up to 200 people, mostly youngsters, took part in a silent march to remember the boy on Sunday evening. They laid flowers and lit candles on the platform where the shooting happened.

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