One killed in Gagaran was militant: Police

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 21, 2013 03:40 hrs

Srinagar, Sep 21 (IANS) Breaking its silence over the identity of the unidentified person killed in the firing incident at Gagaran village of Jammu and Kashmir Sep 7, police said he was a foreign guerrilla belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Talking to media people Saturday evening, Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Abdul Ghani Mir said: "Four youth riding two motorcycles were passing by the Gagaran CRPF camp at Shopian Sep 7. The first motorcycle was stopped, and then another motorcycle arrived. One person took out a pistol and fired. In the retaliatory firing, as you know, four people were killed.

"We are investigating under what circumstances these people were accompanying the Lashkar militant. At least two of them, Tariq and Yousuf, let me tell you, were not on an excursion with the LeT militant."

At Gagaran village near Shopian town Sep 7, in firing by personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), four people were killed. Another civilian was killed at the same place in a firing incident, allegedly by the CRPF, Sep 11.

Of the five killed in the two incidents, four were unarmed civilians with no militancy record. Local people had earlier claimed that the fourth person killed Sep 7, who had not been identified for some time, was actually a labourer from Bihar.

Curfew continued, meanwhile, for the 15th day Saturday at Shopian, although authorities had relaxed it to allow people to stock up on things needed for daily life.

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