Shootouts In Srinagar, 2 Civilians Killed

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Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen on Saturday shot dead two people in a span of over two hours in Karan Nagar and Batamaloo areas of this capital city.

Around 5:30pm, Majid Gojri, son of Abdul Rehman of Chattabal here was fired upon by unidentified gunmen from point blank range near Madina Complex in Karan Nagar area of the city, leaving him in a pool of blood, a police official said. Gojri, he said, received multiple gunshot injuries in chest, face and abdomen.

The injured youth, the police officer said, was removed to the nearby SMHS hospital for treatment. However, he succumbed to his injuries before the doctors could operate upon him.

The attack on Gojri took place barely a stone’s throw from Police Station Karan Nagar and several CRPF camps located in the area that remains bustling.

Meanwhile, police have blamed militants for carrying out the fatal attack on the youth.

According to a police spokesperson, senior police officers reached Madina Complex after information about a “terror” incident was received.

“Officers attending the terror crime spot learnt that one individual identified as Majid Ahmad Gojri son of Abdul Rehman resident of Chattabal Srinagar was shot at by the terrorists near Madina Complex Karan Nagar area of Srinagar. He has received grievous gunshot injuries in this terror incident. Although, the injured was immediately evacuated to nearby hospital, however he succumbed to his injuries,” the police spokesperson said.

He further said that the Police has registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law.

“Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this terror crime. Area has been cordoned and search in the area is going on,” he added.

Pertinently, Gojri’s killing comes over two months after 25-year-old Meeran Ali Pathan, a professional body-builder and gym trainer was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Bulbul Lanker locality of Nawa Kadal on July 26.

Hours after Pathan’s killing, police had issued a statement claiming gang war between two local gangs --Downtown Itehad and Gujjar Gang took the life of the young gym trainer.

Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen shot dead a man identified as Muhammad Shafi Dar in SD Colony, Batamaloo here on Saturday evening, over two hours after Karan Nagar shootout.

Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital, Dr Kanwaljeet Singh said that the civilian has a stabbing injury in his chest and a bullet wound in the abdomen.

“His condition is critical and he is being operated upon,” he said.

However, a local news agency KNO on Saturday night reported that Dar succumbed to his injuries during the treatment.

Earlier, police in a statement issued here claimed that militants shot at and critically injured Dar

"Preliminary investigation revealed that terrorists had fired upon a civilian identified as Mohammad Shafi Dar son of Ab Rehman Dar resident of Batamaloo at SD Colony Batamaloo area of Srinagar.  In this terror incident, he has received critical gunshot injuries and was immediately shifted to nearby hospital for the treatment of his injuries," the statement read.

"Police have registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law. Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this terror crime. Area has been cordoned and search in the area is going on," it added.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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