Army assures action against guilty

Srinagar : Army on Sunday announced a probe into the killing of two youths in firing allegedly by its men and assured to deal severely with those found guilty. “The incident is being investigated and wrong doings, if any, will be dealt with severely,” army said in a statement issued to GNS this evening. The army, the statement said, condoles the unfortunate loss of lives and conveyed the condolences to the bereaved families. “Army has always sacrificed for the safety and security of the awwam (people) and will continue to do so in future too.” Regarding the incident, the army said that a joint operation was launched by the Army and JK Police late last night based on the specific intelligence about the presence of militants in the Markandal area of Sumbal in Bandipura District.
“On establishment of the cordon, a burst of fire was heard from the place beyond the cordon area. Hearing about a youth being injured in the fire, an ambulence with doctor and his team was brought in to attend to the injured, the army said, adding, “However, the effort was interrupted by the mob and had to be aborted. Later it was learnt that the youth had succumbed to his injuries.” The statement further said that observing the crowd building up in the hours of darkness and to avoid any collateral damage, the operation was called off and the Army troops began to pull out of the area. “Some time later, at 5.15 AM when the Army Ambulance, earlier brought in to attend to the youth, was being driven out of the area, it was attacked by a violent mob. The mob tried to set the Ambulance on fire and assault the doctor and the medical team. While disengaging, the troops fired in self defence, resulting into injury to another youth who later succumbed to the injuries.” (GNS)

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