Bandipora family says kin killed in fake encounter

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Srinagar

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the family of a youth, Imtiyaz Ahmed Dar, martyred by Indian troops in Bandipora district on Monday has said that that he was killed by the troops in a fake encounter.

Indian police had claimed that Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar was a militant and was killed in a gunfight with the troops in Gund Jahangir village area of the district.

Ishfaq Ahmad Khan, 25-year-old Dar’s cousin, told Media that the family searched for him everywhere after he disappeared to know his whereabouts, but couldn’t trace him, “till we came to know that he was killed in a gunfight today. It was a fake gunfight.”

The police claimed that Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar was involved in the killing of president of local taxi drivers association Mohammad Shafi alias Sonu, last week.

Shafi was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on 5 October in Shahgund area of Bandipora.However, the family said that the day Shafi was killed Dar was working in his paddy fields and returned home in the evening.—KMS

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