An FIR has been registered against Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban area after a civilian was allegedly killed and another was injured in firing in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
"An FIR has been registered against 58 RR of the Army at Dharamkund police station. Further investigation is on,” SSP Ramban Mohan Lal said.
According to PTI reports, a cattle trader was killed and another injured when Army personnel allegedly opened fire on them in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir today, the police said.
Mohammad Rafiq Gujjar (28) and Shakeel Ahmad (30), both residents of Gool, were allegedly fired upon by soldiers of the 58 Rashtriya Rifles when they were leaving Kohli village around 4 am, a police official said.
He said while Gujjar died on the spot, Ahmad was injured in the firing and was shifted to hospital. Both of them were cattle traders and had come to the village in connection with their business, the official said quoting preliminary investigation.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Ramban, Mohan Lal confirmed the death of a civilian and injuries to another in the firing and said an FIR is being registered in this connection.
“Investigation is on and a case is being lodged against Army personnel,” he told PTI. An Army officer, when contacted, said the soldiers opened fire after observing suspicious movement of some persons.
“We are on the job and getting details of the incident,” the officer said.
The army, in its official statement, has said that the suspected individuals fired upon army personnel first. "An operation was launched by Army based on specific intelligence inputs in Kohli area of Gool tehsil of Ramban district of Jammu & Kashmir. At 3:45 am the army patrol saw some suspicious activity. The suspected individuals were challenged by the army as per standing operating procedure. However, army patrol was fired upon and they retaliated effectively. Further details are being ascertained," an official statement said.
(With inputs from PTI)