Gujjar youth killed in Army firing in Ramban, police file case of murder

Gujjar youth killed in Army firing in Ramban, police file case of murder
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SRINAGAR: A 28-year-old cattle trader from a local Gujjar community was killed and another injured after army personnel fired on them in Jammu region’s Ramban district early Sunday morning, police said.
Police have registered an FIR under Sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) against the army personnel involved in the incident.
The killed man has been identified as Mohammad Shafi Gujjar and the injured as Shakeel Ahmad. Army personnel opened fire upon them in Kohli village of Dharmgund area of Ramban district, Senior Superintendent of Police Ramban Mohan Lal told Kashmir Reader.
Lal said that while Mohammad Gujjar died on the spot, Ahmad was shifted to district hospital Ramban, from where he was referred to Government Medical College Jammu.
The SSP said that Gujjar and Ahmad were locals who were taking their cattle to pastures in upper reaches of Pir Panjal mountains in Dharmagund area.
He said the incident happened at about 3.45am in the morning. He said an FIR, no. 38/2018, has been lodged against army personnel involved in the incident under Sections 302 and 307 RPC at Dharamgund police station.
The SSP said police were investigating the matter and also the claim of the army that they were fired upon first.
Army officials told police that they opened fire after their party came under fire in the area, the SSP said.
The body of the deceased was handed over to his family members for last rites after medical formalities.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that a complete shutdown was observed in Sangaldand Gool area where people and family members protested against the killing by the army.
Former minister and Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Banihal, Vikar Rasool Wani, expressed grief over the killing of an “innocent Gujjar youth”.
In a statement, Wani expressed solidarity with the bereaved family while reiterating serious concern over “unabated civilian killings” in Jammu and Kashmir.
“This incident could have been avoided if the army forces had acted professionally,” Wani said, demanding immediate and exemplary punishment to the culprits.
Wani demanded that relief be provided to the affected family and urged the Governor’s administration to take appropriate and immediate measures to avoid the loss of human lives in the state.
Meanwhile, District Development Co missioner, Showkat Aijaz Bhat,told Kashmir Reader that a probe has been ordered into the incident and an Rs 5 lakh has been paid to the deceased person.