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Shopian: Civilian killed in crossfire, probe ordered

Shoib Ahmad Ganie (22), a resident of Turkwangam village, Shopian, was killed in crossfire during the "chance encounter", police said.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar |
Updated: May 16, 2022 2:16:55 am
On May 10, a civilian was killed and another injured during an encounter between militants and a joint team of J&K Police, the Indian Army and paramilitary personnel. (Representational Photo)

POLICE ON Sunday said a civilian was killed in crossfire between militants and a joint team of police and Central Reserve Police Force in south Kashmir. The relatives of the civilian, however, contest police’s claim. The Shopian administration has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killing.

Shoib Ahmad Ganie (22), a resident of Turkwangam village, Shopian, was killed in crossfire during the “chance encounter”, police said.

“Terrorists fired upon joint patrol party of RPF 182 Bn (and) SOG of Pulwama near the bridge connecting Litter (village of) Pulwama with Turkwangam, Shopian. During the exchange of fire, 01 civilian namely Shoib Ah Ganie S/O Gh Mohd R/O Turkwangam Shopian got injured… He (the civilian) was referred to District Hospital Pulwama for treatment where he succumbed to injuries. Terrorists after brief chance encounter managed to slip into nearby orchards… A case has been registered and investigations taken up,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

However, the relatives of Shoib contested police’s claims. “He (Shoib) was in his shop wearing an olive shirt. When the forces reached there, he came down from his shop. The forces asked him to put his hands up and then, fired at him. They are now making up the stories to save the personnel behind the cold-blooded murder,” said a relative.

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However, a senior police officer said: “It will be clear in police investigation and magisterial inquiry”. Later in the day, Shopian DC Sachin Kumar Vaishya ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killing. The inquiry would be conducted by the Additional District Magistrate, Shopian.

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