Police Says Youth Killed In Cross Firing
Srinagar- A youth was on Sunday morning killed near a CRPF camp in Babapora area of Zainapora hamlet in South Kashmir's Shopian district.
The deceased was later identified as Shahid Aijaz from Anantnag.
Police claimed that the youth was killed in cross firing after CRPF party retaliated against the militant action in the area.
Police said that the CRPF party was out for area domination when militants fired upon them, to which they (CRPF) retaliated.
However, family of the deceased youth have alleged that Shahid was killed in a targeted killing.
"He was returning home after visiting his apple orchard in Shopian when he was shot", the family alleged.
Slain youth's picture showing him lying dead near his vehicle with vegetables scattered around had gone viral on social media during the day.
However, a police spokesperson in a statement issued late Sunday night said that preliminary investigation, including statements of eye-witnesses revealed that militants fired upon the area domination party (ADP) of CRPF which was retaliated.
During the cross firing, he said, an AK-47 service rifle of one of a ADP personnel, who was at the rear end was snatched by one of the “associate of terrorists”.
“He was challenged and ordered to stop. However, he kept running towards the direction from where ADP party was being fired and in the meanwhile he received bullet injuries in the cross firing. One personnel of the ADP party also received injuries,” he said.
In this connection, the police spokesperson said, a case vide FIR No.130/2021 under relevant sections of law stands registered in Police Station Zainapora and investigation has been initiated.
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