Srinagar: The Indian army on Sunday claimed that the Kupwara civilian was killed “in crossfire” at Thindpura.
“Based on information of presence of terrorists in Thindpura village, army placed ambushes to maintain surveillance over the area on night 16/17 December. At around 2255h, ambush party observed suspicious movement of three persons near nallah in Thindpura village. The individuals were challenged by troops, however, they did not respond,” said Srinagar based defence spokesperson Rajesh Kalia in a statement.
“Thereafter, militants opened fire towards army ambush party which was retaliated to,” Kalia said.
“In the crossfire, one person, later identified as Asif Iqbal Bhat, s/o Mohd Iqbal Bhat, resident of Thindpura was killed due to gunshot wound.”
The defence spokesperson said that it “is learnt that he was a sumo taxi driver”.
“Investigations are in progress,” Kalia added without explaining the nature of investigation.