Srinagar: The J&K police has claimed two of the men killed in army firing on a car at Pahnoo on March 4, 2018 as over ground workers (OGWs) who had contacts with militants, while stating that nothing adverse has been found against other two civilians who were killed during the firing.
In the report police says that two persons Mohammad Shahid Khan and Gowhar Ahmed Lone were found having contacts with militants and were working as OGWs with militants while nothing adverse has been found against other two civilians namely Shahnawaz Ahmed Wagay and Suhail Khalil Wagay. However, the investigation of the case is still going on.
In the incident total six persons had died including two Lashkar militants namely Aamir Ahmed Malik and Ashiq Hussain Bhat, police said.
In its reply to a petition filed by Rights activist Ahsan Untoo, the report submitted by Deputy Inspector General of Police states on 4 March, 2018, Major Praveen Menon lodged a written report in PS Shopain that army personnels of his unit were in process of establishing a joint motor vehicle Patrolling party near Pahnoo school and in the meantime a red Santro and silver Swift car approached the party and tried to move ahead. The Army personnels tried to stop both the cars but the occupants inside the cars fired upon the party which led to exchange of fire and ultimately one militant and other three persons were killed.
“Acting upon the information, an FIR was registered at PS Shopain and investigation was set into motion. During investigation four dead bodies were recovered and after medico legal formalities, the dead bodies were handed over to their families for last rites. Also damaged swift car and one AK-47 was seized. On the next day two more dead bodies were identified as Gowhar Ahmed and Let militant Ashiq Hussain Bhat were retrieved from nearby Pahnoo and Saidapora villages by the people and later buried the bodies on their own. The statement of witnesses were recorded and it came to fore that militants had hijacked swift car alongwith its owner cum driver Suhail Khalil Wagay and his associate Shahnawaz Ahmed Wagay and had snatched their phones and were used by militants for communication between two vehicles. However both the vehicles were intercepted by Army at Pahnoo but militants tried to escape from the spot which led to exchange of fire and death of all the persons,” the police report states.
The report states that particulars of both the vehicles are being ascertained from the concerned registering agency, however report is awaited.
Meanwhile in other incident which took place on 27 January 2018 in which three civilians namely Javid Ahmed Bhat, Suhail Ahmed Lone and Rayees Ahmed Ganaie were killed after Army convoy of 10 Garhwal rifles from 12 sector Bolapora under the command Major Aditiya fired upon the youth after some youth pelted stones upon the vehicles of the Army.
The report says that Supreme court of India has stayed further investigation in this case titled Karanveer singh Vs state of J&K and others and future course of action will be decided after court takes final call in the matter.