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Police Follower Killed As His Colleague Mistook Him As Militant Mounting Attack On Temple In Handwara

Murtaza Mushtaq

Srinagar(GNS): A police follower was killed after his colleague allegedly fired at him as a suspected person in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district last night, official sources said on Wednesday.

They said the follower identified as Vijay Dhar son of late Krishen Lal Dhar of Langate Handwara tried to make forced entry inside a temple in the area and his colleague mistook him as a militant and fired at him grievously.

Immediately, Dhar was shifted to District Hospital Handwara where from he was shifted to SKIMS Soura where he succumbed, the officials told GNS.

As per preliminary investigations, they said, the deceased had headphone in ears and despite loud calls by his colleague, he did not respond which lead the personnel on guard duty at the temple to fire at him.

“In an unfortunate incident last night one Policeman Posted at PS Handwara Ajay Dhar s/o Lt Krishen Lal Dhar r/o Langate Handwara, succumbed to the bullet injury he got while trying to forcefully enter into the temple in midnight,” DIG North Kashmir said, adding, “The sentry assuming it an attack by ANEs (anti-national elements) opened fire.” (GNS)