Soldier’s brother shot dead in Army firing in Trehgam Kashmir
A 20-year-old civilian was shot dead in army firing in Trehgam township of Kupwara district on Wednesday evening, local residents told The Witness Post over phone.
The slain has been identified as Khalid Gaffar Malik, son of Abdul Gaffar Malik. His two brothers are in police and his third brother is a soldier in Indian Army. Khalid ran a shop near main market Trehgam. “He was shot dead outside his shop,” slain Khalid’s friend told The Witness Post.
At around Maghrib (late evening), tension broke out in Trehgam after, according to locals, a huge contingent of the army arrived in the market apparently to give a safe page to army vehicles. “They started beating and cane charging the shopkeepers indiscriminately and without provocation that lead to chaos in the market,” a witness said.
Thereafter, Locals said, stone pelting started in the market. “The army men first fired in the air and the people dispersed. Then they shot directly,” a local who runs a shop in the market said.
“A bullet hit Khalid in his throat fired from a close range,” Khalid’s friend said. “The forces did not initially let anyone come closer as he was lying on the road smeared in blood.”
“Later his body was taken to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” his friend said.
As per eyewitnesses, people are out on streets and slogans are blaring out from mosque towers in the town.
“His body reached home at 10 PM where people from all over the town are pouring in at his house. Youth are out in the village market shouting pro-freedom slogans, ” eyewitnesses said.