"Four youth riding two motorcycles were passing by the Gagaran CRPF camp at Shopian Sep 7. The first motorcycle was stopped, and then another motorcycle arrived. One person took out a pistol and fired. In the retaliatory firing, as you know, four people were killed," Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Abdul Ghani Mir told the media Friday.
"We are investigating under what circumstances these people were accompanying the Lashkar militant. At least two of them, Tariq and Yousuf, let me tell you, were not on an excursion with the LeT militant."
Four people were killed Sep 7 at Gagaran village near Shopian town in firing by personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Another civilian was killed at the same place in a firing incident, allegedly by the CRPF, Sep 11.
Of the five killed in the two incidents, four were unarmed civilians with no militancy record. Locals had earlier claimed that the fourth person killed Sep 7, who had not been identified for some time, was actually a labourer from Bihar.
Curfew continued for the 15th day Saturday at Shopian, though authorities relaxed it to allow people to stock up on things needed for daily life.
--IANS (Posted on 21-09-2013)