Civilian Killed In ‘Cross-Firing’ In South Kashmir; Inquiry Ordered

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Srinagar- A civilian was killed in a cross-firing after militants attacked a CRPF party South Kashmir's Shopian district on Sunday, prompting authorities to order a magisterial inquiry into the incident that sparked protests by local residents, police said.

Police said that about 1:10 pm, militants indiscriminately fired at a joint patrolling party of police and CRPF at Turkwangam-Litter area, a border area between Pulwama and Shopian.

During the crossfire, a civilian was seriously wounded, a police spokesman said.

The civilian, identified as Shoib Ahmad Ganai of Turkwangam in Shopian, was immediately rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to injuries, the spokesman said.

The incident has prompted the Shopian authorities to order a probe.

A magisterial inquiry by the ADM (assistant district magistrate) has been ordered into the incident at Turkwangam area of Shopian, said Shopian District Magistrate Sachin Kumar.

Kumar said as soon as the inquiry report is submitted, a suitable action under the law will be taken.

The police spokesman said the militants after brief chance encounter managed to slip into the nearby orchards.

Police have registered a case under relevant sections of the law and initiated investigation. The whole area has been cordoned off and a search is going on, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, locals held a protest against the killing, alleging that Ganai was shot dead by the government forces.

According to the locals, the government forces were looking for somebody and during the searches, Ganai raised his both arms for security check but they fired at him.

Condemning the civilian's killing, CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami asked the authorities to order a credible probe so that guilty is identified and brought to book.

He said people of the area are not satisfied with the government version.

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