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J&K: Magisterial enquiry ordered into civilian's death in

The Jammu and Kashmir government ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killing of a civilian during an exchange of fire between Army personnel and militants in the Kupwara district today.

"We have ordered an inquiry into the incident and additional district magistrate (assistant commissioner, revenue) Mohammad Abdullah Malik, has been appointed as the head of the inquiry committee, Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara, Khalid Jehangir, told PTI.

The inquiry will be completed in three weeks, he added.

"There will be a fair and transparent investigation and the case will be investigated thoroughly so that if anyone is found guilty, action as per the law, will be taken against that person," he said.

The deputy commissioner said the police had also ordered a probe into the incident. Both probes will go on concurrently, he added.

Asif Iqbal Bhat, a driver by profession, and a resident of Thandipora, was injured in a firing incident in the Thandipora area of Kupwara last night.

He was taken to the Kralpora sub district hospital, from where he was referred to a hospital in Srinagar where he succumbed to injuries.

Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said Bhat was killed in an exchange of fire between Army men and militants.