Today, a 25-year-old man was encountered outside his home in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The victim was identified as Showkat Ahmad Naik, was allegedly killed by masked gunmen, who knocked him dead outside his place.  

Mr. Naik died on the spot.

Indian Army said that the victim was enrolled as a recruit in 2018. However, he left the training in mid-way and did not return again, reports army sources. Thereafter, he was declared deserted by the Indian Army.

An Army spokesperson reports that Mr. Naik never took oath as a soldier after he enrolled himself in the territorial army in January 2018.

He continued that “the Individual went on three days leave on 14 September, 2018 and he never returned. He was declared deserter on September 17, 2018.”

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