JAMMU: Three masked terrorists shot an army deserter dead in front of his home at Pingleena village in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday afternoon. The terrorists mistook him for an army regular, intelligence sources said.

Showkat Ahmad Naik, 25 — an army recruit who had left his training after eight months and was declared a deserter — was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead, police said.

Army spokesperson Rajesh Kalia said Naik had enrolled with Territorial Army on January 15 last year. He went on leave on September 14 and didn’t return. He was declared a deserter on September 17 last year. Kalia said Naik never took the oath as a soldier.

Soon after the murder, a joint team of army and special operations group (SOG) of J&K police launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area to nab the terrorists.

Naik is survived by a sister, mother and mentally-challenged father.



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