File photo of Indian Army soldiers in Kashmir. . Photograph:( Reuters )
The army said Ashiq Ahmad was a deserter. That he had gone on leave eight months after signing up and never come back and that he was therefore, technically, a civilian.
Suspected terrorists have shot dead a 25-year-old man in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. The man was identified as Ashiq Ahmad.
Ashiq was shot and critically wounded in Pulwama's Pingleena village. He was rushed to hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Initial reports had suggested Ashiq used to work as a gardener with the Indian Army but that he resigned his job a few months ago.
The army however said Ashiq had enrolled with them on January 15, 2018 but that he deserted eight months later.
The army said Ashiq had been sent to the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry regimental centre on March 21, 2018. He then went on three days of leave on September 14 and never returned.
Since he never took his oath as a solider, the army said, Ashiq is technically a civilian.
Jammu and Kashmir: A 25-year old man has been shot dead by terrorists outside his house at Pingleena village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama. A joint team of Army and SOG has launched a cordon and search operation in the area to nab the assailants. pic.twitter.com/b9JxFzgDHz— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2019
A joint team of the army and Jammu and Kashmir Police's Special Operations Group meanwhile has launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area to nab Ashiq's killers.