Mentally ‘deranged’ man taken as intruder, shot dead

Srinagar: Security forces shot dead a man, believed to be ‘mentally unsound’, near the Air Force station in Budgam district of central Kashmir after he ‘tried’ to enter the high-security area, a police spokesman said Monday.

Around midnight last night, the man crossed the security fence and came near the station perimeter wall, the spokesman said.

“Despite repeated warnings from the sentry, the individual did not stop. The sentry fired some warning shots in the air, but the individual did not stop. The sentry (then) fired towards him,” he said.

The station authorities then informed the nearby Humhama police post and police officials rushed to the scene.

“Spot examination revealed that the individual of about 55-60 years of age, who appeared to be mentally challenged, has died in the incident,” the spokesman said.

The unidentified person was not wearing footwear, was without winter clothing and had no identity card, he said. “Pertinently, there is no habitation near the place of incident.” He said the police has taken the body into custody and is in the process of ascertaining the identity of the man.

“Help has been sought from nearby villages for identification of the individual,” the spokesman said, adding that a case has been registered and a probe was on.

Later in the evening sources said that the slain man has been identified as Syed Habibullah, a resident of Soibugh village of the district.

Local sources confirmed the death of Habibullah, a resident of Astanpura locality of the village. They said that the deceased had left his home yesterday.

Habibullah is survived by five sons and a daughter. “All of them are unmarried. He was living in extreme penury,” they said. (with inputs from PTI)

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