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70-yr-old killed by Army in J&K
Published on 18 Apr. 2010 11:52 PM IST
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The Army in Kashmir is set for another embarrassment over the killing of a 70-year-old man, who they first claimed was a militant. It is now waiting for police investigations to uncover how the old man got shot before it starts its own probe.
According to CNN-BN report, the man was killed by the troops in Handwara jungles three days ago.
Army personnel even said they recovered an AK-47 rifle and some ammunition from him. But now it is on the backfoot after locals claimed Habibullah Khan, the victim, was actually a villager from Lolab in Kupwara and was a beggar.
Raj Mohammad, son of the victim, says: “We were looking for him for so many days. Then we traced his photo in newspaper.” However, Col JS Brar of the Indian Army says: “There was firing in the area and later we recovered his body along with a pouch. Either he was a guide or militants might have used him as a human shield.”
The state government got a fresh postmortem done and DNA samples were collected from Khan’s body. The samples will be later matched with his son, who had lodged a missing report in a police station in Kupwara. The body has now been exhumed and has been handed over to the family.
However, sources say the Army is viewing the incident very seriously and may start its own investigation soon.

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