Shopia Sept 13(Shuja Rashid):Locals who recovered the body of one of the slain men killed by CRPF in south Kashmir’s Gagran village Saturday have told police that the victim bore imprints of paint on his hands, police sources said.
Shopian police Friday summoned non-local labourers working in Shopian and adjoining villages to help them in identifying one of the slain men who had been described as a Lashkar militant by CRPF personnel of 14th Battalion posted in Gagran.
“So far, none of those summoned have been able to identify him. The locals who recovered his body told us that his hands bore imprints of paint. One of them also claimed to have removed paint stuck in his nails. We are examining their claims,” a top police official told Authint Mail.
However, the CRPF has insisted that the deceased was a Lashkar militant who opened fire at them and was killed in retaliation,
“He was asked to produce his identity papers. He shoved a hand in his pocket and took out a pistol and fired at one of our men but he missed the target. In the exchange of gunfire, he was killed,” Nalin Prabhat, IG, CRPF, said.
The CRPF claim was challenged by a senior Congress leader Ghulam Hassan Khan Thursday who insisted that the deceased person was a labourer from Bihar.
“The claims made by police are false. I live in Shopian and I can tell you with authority that he was a Bihari labour and he was killed because he was witness to the barbaric act of CRPF,” Khan was quoted by a local news agency as saying.