The army said it deeply condoled the deaths of two people in firing incidents, assuring action against any trooper found guilty in these incidents.
“I deeply condole the deaths of the two persons who were killed in a firing incident in Bandipora district. Our hearts go out to the bereaved families, “ Major General RR Nimbhorkar, general officer commanding (GOC) of army’s Victor Force, told reporters.
“The incident has happened today morning. We have ordered an investigation into the incident. I can assure you that anybody found guilty in the incident would be punished,” Nimbhorkar said.
The GOC asserted that a cordon had been laid around Markundal village after a tip-off about the presence of guerrillas there.
He said the operation had jointly been launched with police.
When asked whether he would confirm the two slain people had been killed in army firing, the GOC said nothing could be said with certainty unless the investigations were completed.
Irfan Ahmad Ganai and Irshad Ahmad Dar were killed by army respectively during night and Sunday morning resulting in stron protests in Sumbal and adjoining areas.