Sopore Killing: Sufficient Evidence To Refute ‘Rumours, Videos’, Says IGP

Srinagar:  Police has sufficient evidence to “refute all rumours and videos circulated on social media” regarding the civilian’s killing at Model Town Sopore, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar said.  

“We have sufficient evidence to refute all rumours and videos being circulated in social media,” the top police officer of Kashmir told GNS. “The CCTV footage refutes these claims,” he added. 

The police, he said, will take action against those spreading “rumours and videos.”

Police in a statement said that at about 0740 hours on Wednesday, militants fired indiscriminately upon joint party of Police and CRPF from attic of a nearby mosque near Nowpora crossing Model Town Sopore. 

“In this attack four CRPF personnel and a civilian got injured. Among injured, one CRPF Personnel and the civilian succumbed to their injuries,” a police spokesperson said. 

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the (militants) were hiding in a mosque and as the joint party were de-boarding the vehicles for naka duty, they were fired upon indiscriminately by the hiding (militants),” he said, adding, “Pertinent to mention that the killed civilian who was accompanied by his 3 year grandchild were passing through the area when the (militants) fired indiscriminately.”

He said four CRPF troopers and the civilian were hit by bullets “fired indiscriminately by militants.” 

 “The civilian and CRPF personnel received bullet of (militants) initially before our retaliation. Hiding (militants) escaped from the mosque and our parties followed them and retaliated. However, the minor boy was rescued by the Police/CRPF,” he said, adding, “Credible input indicates that two LeT (militants), Osman, a foreigner and Nasir are involved in the attack on the joint party.”

In a video statement that was shared on social media, slain man’s son Suhail Ahmad alleged his father, Bashir Ahmad Khan, was killed by the CRPF personnel. “The CRPF personnel dragged him from his car and shot him dead”.  

Khan, who was a contractor, had taken his grandson from Srinagar to Sopore to oversee the progress of a construction work. (GNS)

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