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Jammu and Kashmir Police issued a statement in the backdrop of Handwara killings on Tuesday evening.

Kashmir Life re-produces the statement verbatim:

Today afternoon an alleged incident of misbehaviour with / molestation of a girl by an army man took place in Handwara town. Within minutes, public in large numbers gathered there and attacked the army bunker in Handwara chowk. They assaulted the personnel deployed there, ransacked the bunker and attempted to set fire to the bunker etc.

In retaliation, the security forces deployed used force to disperse the violent rampaging mob.

In the process, two individuals namely Mohammad Iqbal r/o Bomhama, Kupwara and Nayeem Qadir Bhat s/o Gh Qadir Bhat r/o Banday Mohalla, Handwara, sustained fire-arm injuries. They were evacuated to hospital where they, unfortunately, succumbed to their injuries.

J&K Police deeply regret the loss of life.

A criminal case has been registered in Police Station Handwara and investigation launched to ascertain the facts.


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