Kupwara Killing: Police says it is a case of ‘mistaken identity’, army ‘regrets’ the loss

Srinagar

Terming the killing of 22-year-old Sumo driver a case of “mistaken identity”, police has said that army has laid an ambush at Thandipora village of Kralpora in Kupwara after they had received an input about the movement of militants.

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A quoted by a local news agency, SSP Kupwara Shamsheer Hussain said it was a case of “mistaken identity”.
Hussain appealed people to cooperate. “We appeal people to cooperate with us to know under what circumstances the army fired. We request them not to take law into their hands and cooperate with us,” he said

The army authorities while “regretting” the incident and terming it “unfortunate” has said that “soldiers has laid an ambush in the area. The Sumo driver was asked t stop but he didn’t and was then shot by them. This is unfortunate and regrettable. We will hold an enquiry into the matter and whosoever is guilty would be punished.”

According to locals, Asif came out of his house to start his vehicle as he needed to ferry some patient to a hospital and as he came few yards from his house, the army fired at him, leaving him in pool of blood. He succumbed on way to Srinagar hospital.

Meanwhile, authorities have snapped the internet connectivity in the district

 

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