A 55-year-old deranged man, who was father of six, was shot dead by forces in Air Force Station in central Kashmir’s Budgam district during the night, police said.
A police spokesman said an individual entered the security zone area of Air Force station Budgam around midnight.
“He crossed the security fence and came close to the station perimeter wall. Despite repeated warning from the sentry, the individual did not stop. The sentry fired some warning shots. However, when he did not stop, the sentry fired towards him, causing his death,” he said.
The spokesman said spot examination revealed that the deceased was of about 50-55 years of age and appeared to be mentally challenged.
“He was without footwears, proper winter clothing and had no identity card,” he said.
He said there is no habitation near the place of incident.
“A case has been registered and investigation started,” the spokesman said.
The deceased was identified as Syed Habibullah Shah of Asthanpora, Soibugh, Budgam.
A local news gathering agency GNS, quoting locals said the deceased was father of six — five sons and a daughter and all of them are unmarried,
According to Habibullah’s family, he had gone to offer evening prayers at a local mosque and didn’t return home.
“My father was home till Sunday evening. He left the home to offer evening prayers in a mosque. After that we don’t know where he had gone and why he went to Air Force station. We learnt about his death through social media this morning,” said Habibullah’s son, Syed Abu Bakar.
When asked whether his father was suffering from any mental disorder, he said, “He was 80 percent well.”
“He was hit by two bullets on the chest,” Abu Bakar said.
The Soibugh area observed complete shutdown to mourn Habibullah’s killing.
Later, hundreds of people attended the funeral prayers of the deceased amidst chanting of pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.