Srinagar | May 26 : Army today said that it has started an enquiry into the killing of its porter who was killed by unidentified gunmen.
In a statement issued here, Army said in the intervening night of May 24 and May 25 2016, a joint search operation was undertaken by the Army and JKP, based on the specific intelligence inputs regarding movement of some militants in the area of Watsar forest about 12 KM west of Handwara.
Liaquat Ali of Nagni Wadar Payeen village, who has been working as a porter with the Army, accompanied the search party.
The army version says that at about 5 AM on May 25, the column of security forces came under fire which was immediately retaliated.
“After a brief exchange of fire, the area was searched during which Liaqat Ali was found injured. After administrating immediate first aid, the individual was evacuated by foot to the Handwara-Bunawadar road head but he had unfortunately succumbed to the injuries. His body was handed over to police at 06:30 AM.”
Army said that an inquiry has been instituted to establish in detail the possible circumstances leading to the death of Liaquat Ali.
“Since the deceased was working with the Army, we are committed to provide all possible assistance including authorised entitlements to his family.” (PTK)
2015 Kashmir Despatch