A civilian was killed and another seriously wounded when a security guard of an additional deputy commissioner (ADC) fired upon a group of people trying to stop their car in south Kashmir’s Lethpora area on Tuesday night.
Farooq Ahmad was killed when the personal security officer of Ramban ADC Babu Ram opened fire on a group of people, taking the death toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir to 52.
Police said the ADC along with his security guard was travelling from Srinagar to Ramban when they encountered a group of protestors.
“The driver of the vehicle immediately ran away, leaving behind the ADC and his personal security officer (PSO). The PSO fired upon the group and then ran away towards the nearby CRPF camp along with the ADC,” said deputy inspector general of police Ghulam Hassan Bhat.
The incident triggered massive protests in the area, and an angry mob torched the officer’s vehicle.
Kashmir has been on boil the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and two other militants in an encounter on July 8 in south Kashmir’s Kokernag area. The incident triggered widespread protests across the Valley, leading to a curfew and restrictions in many parts of the state.
Use of assault rifles and shotguns by security forces in response to stone pelting by protesters has left over 5,000 injured.