Jammu & Kashmir

Two persons shot dead by army in north Kashmir’s Keran sector, says police

An armed forces personnel stands deployed in JK's border area near Line of Control. [FPK File Photo/ Vikar Syed]

Says ‘arms and ammunition were recovered from them’

Kupwara: Police on Tuesday claimed that two persons were shot dead during an exchange of fire by Army near the fence at the general area of India Gate- Bichu in Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

In a statement, the police said that as reported by Army at approx 0015hrs, on 28th June some suspicious movement was observed close to the fence in the general area of India Gate – Bichu in Keran sector of Kupwara by own fence patrol party. The suspected movement was challenged by Army’s patrol party.

“On being challenged, the fire was drawn on own party from the fence side which was retaliated. On search, two individuals were found dead on their own side of the fence in possession of 04 AK rifles, 08 Magazines and 02 packets of narcotics whereas 02 more AK rifles along with magazines and 04 grenades were found on the other side of the fence,” police said.

The statement further stated that it is believed that both the individuals identified as Majid Chechi and Samsudin Beigh had come to receive a cache of arms and narcotics and to facilitate infiltration of militants in the general area of Rauta Nar at the fence.

“The warlike store has been recovered in the operation which includes AK 47 and 56 rifles – 05, AK rifle Shortgun – 01, Magazines-15, 7.62mm API rds – 128 rounds, 7.62mm Ball rounds  – 177 rounds, Grenades- 04 and Narcotics – 2 pkts,” the police said.

A case has been registered in this regard and further investigation taken up, the statement concludes.


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