Army opens fire on suspicious movement in Ramban, Cattle trader killed, case registered

JAMMU, AUG 5: Police have registered a case against the Army after a man was killed while another injured in a firing by the Army in Gool area of Ramban district.
“A cattle trader identified as Mohammad Rafiq, 28, was killed while another namely Shakeel Ahmad, 30, got injured when they were fired upon by the Army during wee hours in Kohli area of Gool in Ramban on seeing a suspicious movement,” police here said.
Both of them were cattle traders and had come to the village in connection with their business, the official said quoting preliminary investigation.
They said that a case has been registered against the Army at Dharamkund police station and the matter is being investigated.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Ramban, Mohan Lal confirmed the death of a civilian and injuries to another in the firing.
Meanwhile Jammu based Defence PRO of Ministry of Defence, Colonel Devendra Anand said that on August 5, an operation was launched by Army based on specific intelligence inputs in Kohli area of Gool Tehsil, Ramban District.
“At 0345 hours the army patrol saw some suspicious activity. The suspected individuals were challenged by the army as per Standing Operating Procedure,” he said.
The PRO said that on being challenged, the suspected individuals opened fire upon the army patrol, adding, “on this, the Army patrol retaliated the firing by suspects effectively.”
Meanwhile, Tribal Research and Cultural foundation – an organisation representing Gujjars and Bakerwal communities – condemned the incident and demanded a judicial inquiry.
“The killing of a cattle rarer and injuries to another is highly condemnable which needs to be investigated thoroughly,” the foundation said in a statement.
It said an email has been sent to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, demanding punishment to the culprits as per law.
“The community also demanded that a strong directive must be issued to security forces so that more such incidents do not occur in tribal areas any more,” the foundation said, and demanded compensation for both the families.