Srinagar: A former Border Security Force trooper was Thursday critically injured after he was shot at by unknown gunmen in Kaksari area of Srinagar.
The assailants fired from close range on Nazir Ahmad Peer, son of Abdul Gani Peer, near Government Dental College when he was purchasing medicine, police officials said.
Nazir, a resident of Maidanpora, Lolab (Kupwara) received two bullets in his neck. He was immediately shifted to the nearby SMHS Hospital, where his condition is said to be critical.
Police said Nazir after retiring from BSF some three months ago had joined a private security, the United Security firm, as an officer and was currently posted as incharge officer of the security wing at the SMHS Hospital.
“The in-charge of our hospital security was brought to the emergency unit with gunshot injuries. He was hit by a single bullet that pierced through his neck and nose. His condition continues to remain critical. We have put him on the life support system. If his condition improves in a day or two, we might operate upon him. He should first come out of shock,” Deputy Medical Superintendent of the SMHS Hospital, Dr Kanwaljeet Singh told Kashmir Reader.
Soon after the attack, the Special Operation Group of police and CRPF cordoned off the whole area and launched an operation to nab the attackers.
Meanwhile, an army soldier died in ‘accidental’ firing in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, the police said on Thursday.
Lance Hawaldar Parvinder Kumar received bullet injuries when his service rifle accidentally went off while he was cleaning it at 5 Rashtriya Rifles camp in Duderhama area, the police said.
The incident took place on the night of July 29, they added.
Kumar, who hails from Kishtwar in Jammu region of the state, was rushed to Army’s 92 base camp hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday night.