Srinagar:Â The army allegedly shot dead a civilian in Bandipora district on Thursday.
The army had laid a siege in Kudra forests 75 kms from here. â€œThey fired upon one youth. He was lying in a pool of blood. He had bled to death,â€ locals told.
Troops of 14 Rashtriya Rifles had laid an ambush in Kudar forests of Bandipora, 75 kms from here, last night when they noticed some suspicious movement at around 2.30 am today, the spokesman said.
“The man was challenged by the troops but he started running away, forcing the soldiers to open fire which resulted in injuries to the man,” the spokesman said.
Â He said after ascertaining that the injured person was not armed, the troops gave him first aid and tried to evacuate him to a hospital but he succumbed to injuries.
A civilian was shot dead by Army in a case of ”mistaken identity” during an ambush in the forests of Bandipora district, a Defence spokesman said.
The deceased has been identified as 32-year-old Manzoor Ahmad Pathwal, who was returning from his hut located in the forests. Police have registered a case and started investigations, the polie sources said, adding the body of the deceased has been handed over to his family after legal formalities.