Banihal/Jammu: A 28-year-old cattle trader was killed and another injured allegedly in firing by Army personnel in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, police said.
Police registered an FIR against the Army personnel involved in the incident. The Army, however, said the soldiers opened fire when they came under attack after challenging the people moving suspiciously in the area.
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.
He said Gujjar died on the spot while Ahmad was injured and admitted to a hospital. Both of them were cattle traders and had come to the village in connection with their business. SSP, Ramban, Mohan Lal confirmed the death of a civilian.
“An operation was launched by the Army based on specific intelligence inputs in Kohli area of Gool tehsil. At 3.45 am, the Army patrol saw some suspicious activities. The suspected individuals were challenged by the Army. “On being challenged, suspected individuals opened fire on the Army patrol,” official said.