Government Security forces shot dead a man, believed to be mentally unsound, near the Air Force station in Budgam district of central Kashmir after he allegedly tried to enter the high-security area, a police spokesman said today.
Around midnight last night, the man crossed the security fence and came near the station perimeter wall, the spokesman said.
“Despite repeated warnings from the sentry, the individual did not stop. The sentry fired some warning shots in the air, but the individual did not stop. The sentry (then) fired towards him,” police spokesman said.
He said the station authorities then informed the nearby Humhama police post and police officials rushed to the scene.
“Spot examination revealed that the individual of about 50-55 years of age, who appeared to be mentally challenged, has died in the incident,” the spokesman said.
“The unidentified person was not wearing footwear, was without winter clothing and had no identity card,” he said, adding that the police has taken the body into custody and is in the process of ascertaining the identity of the man.
“Help has been sought from nearby villages for identification of the individual,” the spokesman said, adding that a case has been registered and a probe was on.
Meanwhile, it later the slain man was identified as Syed Habibullah, father of six children, and a resident of Soibugh village of Budgam district.
Thousands of people later in the day participated in his last rites amid massive pro-freedom sloganeering.
Soon after his last rites, youth hurled stones at the Army camp located in the adjacent Daharmuna village.
Earlier, shopkeepers lowered their shutters and traffic went off the roads in Soibugh after the news of his killing spread in the area.