Forces kill auto driver, claim he was a militant

Bilal Habib

Pulwama: The police claimed a local militant was killed in an encounter with government forces in a village in Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s district of Pulwama on Tuesday evening. But after first identifying him as Jehangir Ahmad Ganai of Koil area, a recent recruit to the Lashkar-e-Toiba, police sources later said the slain was Muzamil Dar of Shopian, a HM militant.
This flip on who the killed person was apparently happened after Ganai’s parents refuted the claim that the dead man was their son. An Awantipora police official later said that the slain man was actually Muzamil Dar, son of Habibullah Dar, a resident of
Chatripora Vehal of Shopian district. Reports said that Dar was an autorickshaw driver, and his family claims he left with his vehicle on Monday evening, and hasn’t returned home since.
The police version claims “the militant” was killed in retaliatory firing by a joint team of SOG and army in village Kawani in Dogripora area of Awantipora when he lobbed a hand grenade and opened fire on government forces as they were cordoning off the area.