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Army initiates probe into death of Handwara youth

nation Updated: May 27, 2016 06:30 IST

SRINAGAR/FEROZEPUR: The young man shot dead in Handwara on Wednesday was working as a porter with the Army. He was killed in the cross-firing between Army and militants on Wednesday morning.

An inquiry has been initiated in this regard, says a statement issued by the Army. According to police, the man identified as Liyaqat Ali Joo, 25 was shot dead by the ‘unidentified gunmen’.

“On the intervening night of May 24-25, a joint search operation was carried out for movement of terrorists in the Watsar forest. Ali who has been working as a porter with the Army, accompanied the search,” the army statement said.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Army officials further clarified that the porters were walking at a safe distance from the troops and the militants had fired from a height, which directly hit him. CENTRAL TEAM VISITS The Centre’s high-level committee for security assessment in the border states visited Ferozepur on Wednesday and suggested deploying almost four times the number of guards.

The civil, police and Border Security Force BSF officials escorted the six-member team led by former Union home secretary Madhukar Gupta to the forward areas of Hussainiwala, where it inspected gaps and vulnerability and took inputs from the BSF jawans and the border villagers.

First Published: May 27, 2016 06:30 IST