Civilian Shot Dead, Police Says It Was ‘Accidental Fire’

SRINAGAR: A civilian, who sustained injuries in, what police said was “an accidental fire” at Haal village in Pulwama district, succumbed to his injuries at SMHS hospital in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Quoting an official the news agency KNO reported that a rifle of security personnel, who was part of a Naka Party, went off accidentally in which one civilian received critical injuries.

He identified the civilian as Asif Ahmed of Poterwal village of Shopian. “Asif was shifted to a nearby hospital, wherefrom he was referred to SMHS Srinagar. However, he succumbed to his injuries at SMHS hospital,” he said.

Meanwhile, police have taken cognizance of the incident and started further investigation.

Meanwhile, politicians have strongly reacted to the killing. “As if the harsh measures put in place causing grave inconvenience to the people in Kashmir weren’t enough, Asif from Pulwama paid with his life in the name of ensuring security for HM’s visit. My heart goes out to his family,” former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a tweet. She uploaded the photograph of the young man who lost his life. “Shocking! Too trivial a word for a life lost,” added NC spokesman Imran in another tweet.

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