SOPORE YOUTH SHOT DEAD INSIDE MOSQUE
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Mar 20: Unidentified gunmen late Tuesday evening shot dead a youth in Sopore tehsil of district Baramulla in north Kashmir.
Sources said around 10.00 pm Tuesday, Suhail Ahmad Sofi (18) son of Ghulam Nabi Sofi resident of Doabgah, Sopore was shot dead in a mosque premises by the unidentified gunmen, who police believes were two to three in number.
Police sources said that Suhail was sitting with another youth identified as Haider son of Ali Muhammad resident of Doabgah, in the ground near local mosque. Police said that gunmen opened fire on Suhail and he received one bullet in the leg, but managed to escape from the spot towards the mosque. Police said that Suhail took shelter in the mosque. However, one of the gunmen chased and opened fire on him inside the mosque Hamam. He received five bullets and died on spot.
Soon after the incident, police and Army cordoned off the area and carried out a search operation, but could not find anything. Sources in police said as per preliminary investigations it has come to the fore that in the first instance, Haider was called by the gunmen and he was forced to make a call to Suhail. “Haider made call to Suhail asking him to meet for five minutes,” a senior police official said here. “Suhail was not allowed by his mother to move out of the house, but the repeated calls from Haider made him to move out.”
The senior police official said that soon after the killing of Suhail, Haider was questioned. “He was set free on the spot,” he said.
Though Suhail was a student of 11th class, but from last some months he had not went to school. His sister is pursuing BEd and his younger brother is in seventh standard.
Suhail’s father is laborer by profession.
Police said that preliminary investigations into the matter have revealed that militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) killed him.
Speaking to Greater Kashmir, Director General of Police (DGP), Ashok Prasad said that investigations have started. “We are looking into the all aspects of the killing and the investigations have been started at very fast pace,” DGP said.
Pertinently, most of the civilian killings in Sopore and other north Kashmir areas were carried by unidentified gunmen in the evening.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST
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