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60-year old shot at in Mathura mosque, died
Friday May 31, 2013 3:14 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

In a shocking incident which occured late in the night on Wednesday, a 60-year old man died after he was shot at while inside a local mosque allegedly by some policemen at Hatiya village of Barsana Tehsil in Mathura district.

Shahabuddin (60) was inside Masjid Shareefa Khanum when he was allegedly shot at by the policemen who were returning after a raid in the village to arrest an arms smuggler.

The incident occurred on Wednesday at around 03:00 in the night.

The police was in the village to arrest an alleged arms smuggler Tasleem. After the police arrested him, they were fired at by the criminals allegedly of Tasleem's gang.

Two policemen, Satish and Premveer were reportedly injured in the firing. Sateesh succumbed to injuries while he was being shifted to hospital.

ADG Arunkumar said that Shahabuddin was injured in cross firing and was hit by bullets in field, not mosque.

Local residents however insisted that Shahabuddin was hit by bullets when he was inside the mosque. They also claimed that there were bullet-marks on the walls of mosque and blood stains on the floor.

Shahabuddin's dead body was later handed over to his relatives after post-mortem. The town is tense and local residents express anger at the shocking incident.

"We don't have any objection on the arrest of the criminals and the arm smuggler. However, the death of the elderly man is utterly shocking", a local activist said.



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