22-year-old youth killed in ‘crossfire’ in Kashmir: J&K Police

As per the police, a search operation was launched in the area before the civilian died in ‘crossfire’

According to the Jammu and Kashmir Police, a shopkeeper was killed in a ‘crossfire’ on Sunday as security personnel were tracking a suspect who had jumped a police checkpoint in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district.

The shopkeeper, Shoib Ahmad Ganaie, was badly wounded following many bullets. He was taken to the hospital, where doctors found him dead.

Magisterial investigation ordered into the killing

A magisterial investigation into the shooting incident has been ordered by District Magistrate (DM) Shopian.

The family and neighbours staged a protest over Shoib’s death shortly after the occurrence. Women were in tears while the men shouted slogans, grieving the murder of the youth in Turkwangam village.

Eyewitnesses said that Shahid had come out of his shop to probably answer nature’s call when he received bullet wounds.

Spurt in incidents of civilian killings

Pertinently, Shoib is the second civilian slain in the Shopian district in the previous six days as a result of ‘cross firing’.

On Tuesday (May 10), Shahid Gani Dar, a student in BA first year was killed during an anti-militancy operation launched by the security forces.

The Army and Police who had launched a joint operation said militants fired at Shahid and another civilian. They were critically injured. The 19-year-old later died in hospital.

There was no independent information available about who targeted civilians during the operation and no probe was ordered to ascertain the facts.

Kashmiri Pandits take to streets to protest attacks

It is in place to mention here that Kashmir is witnessing a series of protests by Kashmiri Pandits after the killing of Rahul Bhatt, a government employee from the community, on May 12.

A day after Rahul’s killing, militants killed Reyaz Ahmad Thoker, a policeman, outside his home in Gudura village of Pulwama.

Meanwhile, the J&K Lieutenant Governor has ordered a SIT probe into the targeted attack on slain Kashmiri Pandit, Rahul Bhatt.

The administration has also assured action against policemen who fired tear-gas shells on Pandit protesters who wanted to block the Srinagar airport road on Friday.

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