A 25-year-old man was shot dead outside his home today in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. The man, identified as Showkat Ahmad Naik, was reportedly killed by masked gunmen who opened fire at him outside his home.
He died on the spot.
The army said the 25-year-old was enrolled as a recruit last year. He however left training mid-way and did not return, according to army sources. He was declared a deserter by the army.
An army spokesman said Showkat Ahmed Naik never took oath as a soldier after he was enrolled in the territorial army in January last year.
"The Individual went on three days leave on 14 September, 2018 and he never returned. He was declared deserter on September 17, 2018" an army spokesman said.