Army says crossfire killed Asif, police register FIR
Srinagar, Dec 17: North Kashmir’s frontier district- Kupwara on Sunday remained on boil against the killing of a Sumo Driver on late Saturday evening when militants and army traded fire in the region.
The army spokesman said that the slain sumo driver identified as Asif Iqbal Bhat, son of Mohammad Iqbal Bhat, of Thindpura was killed in a “crossfire.” The spokesman added that the investigations have been ordered and same are in progress.
However, the family members of the slain Kupwara youth allege that forces fired upon them when they went to get the last glimpse of Asif. “We got a call that Asif has been killed and I along with my father went to see him during which forces fired upon us,” the brother of a slain youth said.
He added that earlier his brother who was by profession a sumo driver got a call from a passenger who asked booked a ride from Batapora stop.
“Soon after he went out, he was killed. My brother had received bullet in his head,” he said.
Asif’s brother said that when he along with his father tried to recover their beloved. The forces fired upon on their house in a indiscriminate way.
SSP Kupwara, Shamsher Hussain told reporters that an inquiry committee has been constituted to investigate the killing of the Sumo driver thoroughly.
He said that FIR has been registered in this regard. “People claim that Army present in the area fired upon the sumo drive. The committee formulated will thoroughly investigate the matter and nobody is above the law. We will investigate that on what circumstances the fire was opened and anybody found guilty will be dealt with strictly according to the law,” he said.
Massive protests erupted in some parts of the frontier district of Kupwara after a driver was allegedly killed in security force firing during the intervening night of December 16-17, official sources said.
Hundreds of people hit the streets alleging that Asif was killed by security forces without any provocation. Demanding immediate arrest of security forces involved in the incident, the demonstrators blocked the main road.
Security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse the demonstrators, who were pelting stones. The clashes, spread to other areas, were going on when the reports last came in.
A police spokesman without giving details about the incident said that one civilian identified as Asif Iqbal Bhat son of Mohammad Iqbal resident of Thandipora was killed at Thandipora in the jurisdiction of Police Station Kralpora.
Kupwara police has lodged an FIR and investigation has been started. Police and civil administration will provide all help to the bereaved family.
Police spokesman said during the intervening night of 16/17-12-2017 Asif Iqbal got seriously injured after being hit by a bullet at Thandipora.
The injured was shifted to Sub District Hospital Kralpora for treatment where from he was referred to Srinagar Hospital for further treatment where he succumbed to his injuries. After completion of medico-legal formalities, the body of the deceased has been handed over to his legal heirs for last rites.(KNS)