Sopore: Hundreds of people on Saturday morning took part in the last rites of a slain Sumo cab driver who was shot dead by unknown gunmen, and his wife was critically injured, on late Friday evening in an area on Sopore outskirts.
Mohammad Ashraf Mir, son of Muhammad Jamaal Mir, resident of Harwan Bomai Sopore, was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard at Harwan.
One of Ashraf’s two wives, Saima Bano, was critically injured in the attack and is struggling for life at a Srinagar hospital.
According to the former sarpanch of the village, Ghulam Mohammad, at around 9:15 pm on Friday night, he and other villagers were coming out of the local mosque when they heard gunshot at Mir’s home. “When we reached Mir’s house, we found Mohammad Ashraf Mir and his wife wounded by bullets. We rushed them to hospital but on the way Mir died,” the former sarpanch said.
Earlier, police in a statement said that militants on Friday evening barged into the residential house of civilian Mohammad Ashraf Mir at Harwan in Bomai area of Sopore and fired upon him and his wife. Both were injured critically in this incident and were evacuated to Sub District Hospital Sopore. However, Mohammad Ashraf Mir succumbed to his injuries.
“Mohammad Ashraf Mir aged 35 years was a driver by profession. Mir had received a bullet injury in his chest. At Sub District Hospital Sopore he was declared brought dead,” the police statement said.
The statement further said that the slain civilian’s wife Saima, 32, was shot in both her legs. She was referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment.
The statement added that a case has been registered and an investigation initiated.
It is pertinent to mention that in this same village a civilian was killed by unidentified gunmen four months ago. On January 3, unidentified gunmen shot dead a 25-year-old youth namely Arif Maqbool Sofi, son of Mohammad Maqbool Sofi, who was at his maternal home and was also a driver by profession.