Mistaken identity: Army kills two Soldiers


KL Report

The new garrison that was supposed to prevent militant ingress into the capital city of Srinagar on Monday night fired upon a fellow army patrol killing two and leaving three others injured. The incident was attributed to “mistaken identity”.

Two army men were shot dead and three others injured by their own people after they were mistaken for fleeing militants in Chattergam area of district Budgam.

“Inquiry orders have been passed just after the incident took place,” defense spokesman Col. J S Brar said to Kashmir life.

Troops of 53 Rastriya Rifles set up a vehicle check post at Chattergam chowk, in Chadoora area of Budgam district following information about movement of militants through the area, the defense sources said.

A team of 35 Rashtriya Rifles men travelling in a civilian vehicle did not stop at the check point, giving rise to suspicion among the troops at the check post, who opened fire.

Sepoy Ghulam Rasool Sheikh, Naik Setien Tao of 25 Rashtriya Rifles and Territorial Army driver Abdul Rauf were wounded and admitted to the 92 Base Hospital at Badamibagh Army headquarters where Sheikh and Rauf succumbed, the source. The identity of other tow injured army men was not known.

Pertinent to mention that, Army has revived its 3 year old camp in Chattergam village, on the outskirts of Srinagar in recent past. Three years ago it was in a small private house but now they have occupied about one hectare of land on rent. Sources said that the personal from the same camp had set up a vehicle check post at Chattergam chowk on Tuesday evening and during the checking operation another group of army personal was mistaken as militants and fired upon.

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