The civilian, identified as Hilal Ahmed Dar, was allegedly killed by troops of 27-Rashtriya Rifles and 5 Para during a military operation at Halmathpoa in the Aloosa area of the district.
Common people living at Aloosa and Ashtangoo areas of Bandipora said that they heard heavy firing in the Halmathpoa last night.
“We came to know in the morning that a civilian was killed by the troops,” they said.
A police officer said that they have recovered an identity card from the pocket of the deceased.
As the word spread about the killing of the youth, hundreds of people came out from their houses and staged a protest against the Army. Demonstrators blocked the road and didn’t allow traffic to ply. They demanded stern action against the ‘culprits’.
Villagers and the youth’s family claimed that Hilal had left the village mosque after the Ramzan ‘Tarawi’ evening prayers on Tuesday when he was shot by security forces.
He used to work for a cement factory on the outskirts of Srinagar city.
“He was working in a cement factory in Srinagar and had come home few days back. He was not involved in militancy at all,” Hilal’s father Ghulam Mohiuddin Dar said.
“Every now and then, innocent youth are being killed by the Indian Army. These unbridled troopers must be made accountable. They do what they like as the Government of India has given them a free hand,” he told IBNS.
People carried the body of slain youth and placed it on the road.
According to reports, more than 5000 people took part in the protest raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
Shouting anti-government and pro-Islamic slogans, about the protestors carrying the body of Dar, marched from Aloosa village, 45 km from here, towards Bandipora town.
Sources said that 27 RR and 5 Para Jawans in a joint operation cordoned off the vast area of Ashtangoo forest in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.
During the operation, the Army shot dead a youth and claimed that they have killed an unidentified militant.
However, people identified the body and staged protest over his killing while terming him an innocent civilian.
To pacify the agitated protestors, the officers of civil and police administration reached Aloosa, Bandipora and assured people of action against the accused.
District Magistrate Bandipora, Manzoor Ahmed Lone told IBNS that he will look into the matter and an inquiry will be conducted.
“I am trapped in gathering and I can’t say right now what is to be done. Let the demonstration will be over. We will look into the matter,” he said.
Meanwhile, Army officials said there was an exchange of gunfire in the area on Wednesday. While one guerrilla escaped, another was killed.
-via India Blooms