Civilian dies after being injured in ‘cross firing’ in Shopian

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Civilian dies after being injured in 'cross firing' in Shopian
Slain civilian Shoib Ahmad Ganie

SRINAGAR — A civilian was injured in crossing firing amid a ‘chance’ encounter between militants and a joint team of Police and CRPF in Turkwagam area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday. However, after getting wounded, the man succumbed, officials said.

“(Militants) fired upon joint patrol party of CRPF’s 182 Batallion and SOG of Pulwama near the bridge connecting Litter Pulwama with Turkwangam, Shopian. During the exchange of fire between (militants) and our joint team, one civilian namely Shoib Ahmad Ganie son of Ghulam Mohammad of Turkwangam Shopian got injured,” a police spokesman said, according to GNS.

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“He was referred to District Hospital Pulwama for treatment where he succumbed to injuries,” he said.

Militants after the brief “chance encounter” managed to escape into nearby orchards. “Case has been registered and investigated taken up.”

DC Shopian orders magisterial inquiry

District Magistrate Shopian has ordered an inquiry into the killing of the 22-year-old shopkeeper in the south Kashmir district on Sunday.

“Regarding today’s incident at Turkawangam, Shopian, a magisterial enquiry by Additional District Magistrate Shopian has been ordered,” Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Sachin Kumar Vaishya said in a message circulated on Twitter.

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“Suitable action under law shall be taken as soon as the report is received,” he said as per GNS, adding, “I want to assure people as District Magistrate that the inquiry would be conducted and the action as warranted under the law would be taken.”

The District Magistrate, however, did not divulge if any time frame has been set for the completion of the inquiry. The inquiry was ordered following protests in the area.

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