Baramulla: A 20-year-old man working as a porter for the army’s 21 RR regiment was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Wadora Bala area of Rajwar, Handwara, on Wednesday morning, police said.
Liyaqat Ali, son of Mohammad Sayeed of village Wadora (Pati or Mohla Nageen) Zachildara area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, was working with the 21 RR as a porter for the past one year. Police said he was shot dead in the nearby forests on Wednesday morning.
However, relatives of the slain youth said that the deceased was taken along by the army on Tuesday morning for work but he did not return home till late evening. On Wednesday morning they heard some gunshots from the Bowan forests area, and then a local unit of the army informed the slain youth’s family about the incident.
Reports say Liyaqat received at least six bullets in his body. He has left behind a one-year-old son and a pregnant wife.
Maternal brother of the deceased, Mohamad Abdullah Chatwal, who is a political leader, talking to Kashmir Reader, expressed surprise that a porter who goes around with army soldiers could be so easily killed by unknown persons. “Liyaqat had gone with the army on Tuesday morning but did not return home that day. We thought he was still with the army. On Wednesday morning, we heard some gunshots from nearby forests and later the same army brought his body home. We suspect the army killed him,” Chatwal said.
Chatwal said that he had informed SSP Handwara Gulam Jeelani about this suspicion. Jeelani visited the spot on Wednesday to investigate the killing.