A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) official was killed and another injured in firing under mysterious circumstance near an under-construction four-lane Banihal-Qazigund road tunnel at Nowgam near Banihal along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Wednesday evening.
Identifying the deceased as Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Parveshar Yadav, police said they “cannot tell at the moment whether it has been a terror attack or an incident of fratricide killing.” “Our investigations into the matter are in progress and we are also not ruling out it being a fratricide killing,” a senior police officer said. The officer said what was baffling is that there has been no reported movement of militants in the area during the recent past.
The firing reportedly took place around 8.30 pm, he said, adding that “our senior officers are on the spot”. The officer also said they haven’t reached any conclusion, adding that “details like how it happened, how many shots were fired and response of the SSB personnel are still not forthcoming”.
The SSB has a camp near the 8.5 km long under-construction road tunnel at Nowgam, which is part of four lining of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway project. The work on the tunnel is being executed by Navayuga Engineering Company.