Agence India Press
Srinagar: Panic gripped Chogal in Handwara town of Kupwara district following the killing of a civilian by army Friday evening.
Police registered a murder case against the army this morning as a magisterial enquiry has also been ordered to probe the incident.
Manzoor Ahmad Magray, 24, was killed in an ambush laid by the army in Chogal village, around 10.40 P M last evening. The relatives of the killed youth alleged that Army forcibly took him out of the house and shot him dead sometime later.
“Few army men forcibly took Manzoor out of the house around 09.20 PM Friday evening. Over an hour later, we heard gun shots and shockingly learnt that he was killed in ambush,” a relative told Agence India Press.
Furious over the “cold-blooded” killing of youth, this morning people including women and children took to streets and held protests. They blocked the roads leading to Kupwara and Handwara for traffic. Demanding stern punishment to the erring army personnel involved in the killing, the protestors rasied slogans against army and government.
After repeated assurances from the authorities that the killing would be probed and guilty brought to book, the relatives agreed to bury the body. “An FIR (26/2011) under section 302 RPC has been registered in Handwara police station against the army men deployed in Gund Chogal village during the intervening night of Feb 4 and 5,” a police officer told Agence India Press.
The additional district magistrate of Kupwara will also conduct a magisterial probe into the incident and furnish the report within two weeks.
In a statement, the army regretted the killing, “At approximately 22.30 hours, cops noticed suspicious movement of two persons.
In accordance with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), troops challenged the individuals to surrender, both the individuals instead attempted to run away, upon whom the troops opened fire, resulting in killing of Manzoor Ahmad Magray,” the statement read.
Meanwhile for the second consecutive day today Sopore observed a complete shutdown against the murder of two teenaged sisters- Akhtara and Arifa on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen. (AIP)
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