SRINAGAR — A bullet-riddled body of a civilian was recovered from an orchard near a school in Naira area of Tahab in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, triggering off protests on Thursday.
The slain has been identified as Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh (25) Son of Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh and according to his family and locals he was killed allegedly by state forces, reported newws agency GNS.
“He was returning from Masjid and called us that army has cordoned off the village. Later some gunshots were heard,” they said, adding today morning his body was recovered.
The slain, brother of an active militant of Hizbul Mujahideen, was a shopkeeper by profession.
After body was handed over to the family, people took it and are marching towards Deputy Commissioner’s office Pulwama which is four kilometers from the village.
The protesters are seeking punishment to those who killed Zahoor in what they termed as cold-blooded murder.
When contacted SSP Pulwama Chandan Kohli said that a case has been registered and investigations started.
“Police has registered an FIR in this regard and investigations taken up. More details will be shared as they emerge,” SSP said.
Despite repeated attempts, army’s spokesman could not be contacted.