Army orders inquiry into porter’s killing

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Army orders inquiry into porter’s killing 
KG News Desk
Srinagar, May 26: The Army on Thursday instituted an inquiry to establish the circumstances that led to the porter’s killing in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
“An inquiry has been instituted to establish in detail the possible circumstances leading to the death of Liaquat Ali,” a defence spokesman said.
Since the deceased was working with the Army, “we are committed to providing all possible assistance including authorised entitlements to his family,” he added.
He added that army along with Jammu and Kashmir undertook a search operation after inputs about the presence of militants in Watsar forests – 12 km west of Handwara.
Liaquat Ali of Nagni Wadar Payeen village, who has been working as a porter with the Army, accompanied a joint search operation undertaken by the Army and police based on the specific intelligence inputs regarding movement of militants in the area of Watsar forest, about 12 kilometers west of Handwara, the spokesman said.
“At about 5.00 am on May 25, the column of security forces came under fire which was immediately retaliated. After a brief exchange of fire, the area was searched during which Ali was found injured.
“After administering immediate first aid, the porter was evacuated by foot to the Handwara-Bunawadar road-head but he succumbed to injuries. His body was handed over to police at 06:30 am,” he said.