Kupwara: Breaking its silence over the killing of porter in North Kashmirs Handwara town, Army Thursday claimed that its porter Liyakat Ali Joo was killed when militants suddenly fired upon a search party in Watsar Forest.
This is contrary to what a senior police officer had yesterday said. “liakat was kidnapped Tuesday night from Watsar village where he had gone to meet his sister,” a local news agency quoted the official yesterday.
Police has launched a probe to investigate the murder, officer added.
The reports that the porter was killed by unknown gunmen were refuted by the family members of the deceased porter.
I can tell you with authority that Army has killed my husband. My husband was working for 21 RR as porter and I know it well that he has been killed by army and not by militants, the porters wife claimed.
A column of security forces came under fire which was immediately retaliated during a search operation in the Handwara forests, reads a press statement of the Army. After a brief exchange of fire, the area was searched during which Liaqat Ali was found injured. After administrating immediate first aid, the individual was evacuated by foot to the Handwara-Bunawadar road head but he had unfortunately succumbed to the injuries.
His body was handed over to police at 6:30 AM, the statement added.
Since the deceased was working with the Army, we are committed to provide all possible assistance including authorized entitlements to his family, Army said.
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