Gunshots create panic in Handwara village

Srinagar: Panic gripped Mawar village of Handwara in the frontier Kupwara district Thursday after army soldiers opened fire in air after their colleague’s gun went off accidently.
An army contingent of 30 RR was patrolling Chotipora village on the Handwara-Mawar road when a soldier’s gun accidentally went off, reports said.
The soldier’s colleagues panicked and opened several shots in the air presuming that militants had launched an attack. The gunshots triggered panic in the village and prompted the people to run for safety. The movement of vehicles was also briefly affected when the soldiers took combat positions along the road.
“The gunshots led to chaos among the villagers. Everyone was seen running helter-skelter presuming that militants have attacked the army patrol,” reports quoted Ghulam Mohammad, an eyewitness, as saying.
He said that normalcy returned to the village after it became known that the soldier’s service rifle had accidentally gone off.
Meanwhile, a police official told Kashmir Reader that no one was injured in the misfire by the soldier of a patrolling party.
“It was a misfire, not a militant attack,” he added.