Two people were killed and two injured when the army opened fire on a vehicle in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday evening.
According to army sources, jawans of 55 Rashtriya Rifles tried to intercept a Maruti car. “When the car did not stop, the jawans fired at the vehicle,” the sources said.
Kashmir inspector general AG Mir confirmed the death of two people in the incident. “An FIR has been registered and we are investigating the matter,” Mir said.
In a late evening release, an army spokesman regretted the incident. In a statement released to press, the army said: “There were specific intelligence reports about the movement of terrorists in a white Maruti 800 car on November 3 on the Nowgam to Pulwama road. Three mobile vehicle check posts were established along the road. At 5pm, a white Maruti 800 car approached the first check point, where the personnel tried to stop the car but it did not stop. Again at the second check point, the vehicle was directed to stop but it did not stop. At the third check point, the vehicle tried to barge through the check point, resulting into the firing incident in which four persons were injured. The injured were rushed to the army base hospital in Srinagar. Two persons succumbed to their injuries and two are under treatment,” an army spokesman said.
“The army regrets the loss of lives and has ordered an inquiry to investigate into the circumstances leading to the incident. Anyone found guilty will be severely dealt with,” the army spokesman added.