Father, Son Duo Killed in Kashmir

Kupwara, May 28: Suspected militants shot dead a father-son duo in Indian administered Kashmir during the preceding night.

A top police official said suspected militants barged into the residential house of Ghulam Rasool Mir, 55, in Bawan village of Handwara, some 120 kms North of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir last evening. “After taking food in the house, the militants opened indiscriminate fire on the inmates, killing the owner of the house and his 28-year-old son Manzoor Ahmad Mir on the spot.”

He said a manhunt has been launched to track down the militants.

“Four militants barged into the house of Ghulam Rasool Mir last evening. They started beating him saying they will not spare informers. When Manzoor objected to it, the militants opened fire and killed both of them,” the police official said.

He said the preliminary investigations have found that the family was targeted by the Pakistan based Lashkar militants on the suspicion of being informers of security forces as a militant had been killed in an encounter inside the cowshed owned by the family in 2009.

“A live shall was recovered from the house. Police have registered a case and taken up investigations,” he added.

Fayaz Wani reports on life in Srinagar, Kashmir.