Indian Army expresses regret over killing of two youth in Kashmir

Avantipora (Jammu and Kashmir), June 30 (ANI): Two Kashmiri youth were killed when army had to resort to firing when a crowd intensified their protests here on Sunday .

The two young men were from Markundal village. The incident also saw an immediate protest by the locals who allege that the firing was unprovoked.

Later while addressing mediapersons over the incident, the General Commanding Officer (GOC) of the army's Victor Force, Major General R. R. Nimbodkar expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.

"We deeply mourn their demise and loss of lives. And through you I want to convey our deep condolences to the bereaved families. Secondly, we are investigating the details of the incident. I can assure you if any wrong doing emerges, appropriate action will be taken," he said.

Reportedly, one youth was killed by army firing while another one was killed when army allegedly opened fire when the crowds intensified their protests later on.

While the locals are reportedly alleging that the firing was uncalled-for, the army are denying it tooth and nail.

Nimbodkar also confirmed that the army and the police were conducting joint search operations to nab militants hiding in the area.

"I can only say this was a joint operation between the police and us. There were inputs about the militants in this area. For the rest of the things, we will do the detailed investigation and then we will come out with the facts. And if there is any issue, we will definitely take action," he said. (ANI)

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