Magisterial Inquiry ordered in the Killing of Civilian Shopkeeper in Shopian South Kashmir

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Srinagar: District Magistrate Shopian has ordered an inquiry into the killing of 22-year-old shopkeeper in the south Kashmir district on Sunday. The young man, Shoib Ahmad Ganie son of Ghulam Mohammad of Turkwangam Shopian, according o police was killed in “cross firing” between militants and joint team of CRPF and SOG Pulwama.   

DM Shopian Sachin Kumar Vaishya said “Regarding today’s incident at Turkawangam, Shopian, a magisterial enquiry by Additional District Magistrate Shopian has been ordered,” he further said “Suitable action under law shall be taken as soon as the report is received, I want to assure people as District Magistrate that the inquiry would be conducted and the action as warranted under law would be taken.”

The District Magistrate however did not divulge if any time frame has been set for the completion of the inquiry. The inquiry was ordered following protests in the area during which people contrary to the police statement alleged that young shopkeeper was killed by forces and there was no cross firing.

Earlier police had issued the statement about incident and said “Militants fired upon joint patrol party of CRPF’s 182 batallion and SOG of Pulwama near the bridge connecting Litter Pulwama with Turkwangam, Shopian. During exchange of fire between militants & our joint team, one civilian namely Shoib Ahmad Ganie son of Ghulam Mohammad of Turkwangam Shopian got injured,” police spokesman said in the statement issued to media houses.

This is the second civilian killing during last six days in Shopian district of South Kashmir, last week a civilian was killed during anti militants operation at Pandushan Shopian. Although there was no independent information about how civilian died in the encounter but police said that he was injured during cross firing and was evacuated to hospital where he succumbed later, no militant was killed during this operation.

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first published:May 15, 2022, 9:44 p.m.

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